go down the wrong way

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go down the wrong way

Of food or drink, to be swallowed in such a way that one briefly chokes and/or starts coughing. Oh, she'll be all right, I think she just took a drink and it went down the wrong way.
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go down the wrong way

(of food) enter the windpipe instead of the gullet.
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