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choke down

To swallow something with difficulty, often because it tastes bad or is cumbersome. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "down." I didn't know that Lexie was a terrible cook until I had to choke down some of the disgusting stew she'd made. I couldn't choke down any of those pills—they're just too big!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

choke something down

to eat something, even though it is hard to swallow or tastes bad. The cough medicine tasted terrible, but I managed to choke it down. She choked down four of those pills all at once.
See also: choke, down
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He closed the door behind him, and then he stood with clenched hands and heaving breast, choking down some overmastering emotion.
The tinctures are similar but only come in two flavors right now, a sweet stevia mix that has as you can imagine a sweet sugary taste and again a natural flavor that is tasteless, a "one size fits all", for those taking infused products orally as you do not have to worry about choking down something that tastes horrible.
If we don't lose our blinders, we'll be choking down more than hard truths.
Both countries agreed to expand cooperation in choking down terror financing and money laundering.
Many of them have been enabling Trump for a long time, choking down their misgivings, cheerleading for a president who remains wildly popular with the Republican rank-and-file.
It was more than choking down some brussel sprouts so I could gobble up mom's homemade, double-crusted apple pie.
While the NVA troops survive on rice and political fervor, the marines move about sick with fatigue, choking down foul, chemically laced water, and cramming down C-rations.
"He was a good man, a good husband, a good father, a good grandfather," she said, choking down sobs.
Disaffected and unsatisfied people stopped simply choking down mass culture.
However, due to the choking down of certain wells (to control sand production) in 2Q12, the company has now confirmed the original growth target range of 1015%.
The US-based Brit experimented this week by choking down on the longest club in his bag and using it like a putter from the fringe.
I mean, when you've got 7-pounders choking down a spinner-bait ..."
PARTY guy Lou (Corddry) attempts to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes in his garage and childhood pals Adam (Cusack) and Nick (Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.
8 (5) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (15) PARTY guy Lou (Rob Corddry) attempts to commit suicide by choking down exhaust fumes in his garage, and childhood pals Adam (John Cusack) and Nick (Craig Robinson) rush to his hospital bedside.