To choke off
Choke Choke (ch[=o]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Choked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Choking}.] [OE. cheken, choken; cf. AS. [=a]ceocian to suffocate, Icel. koka to gulp, E. chincough, cough.] 1. To render unable to breathe by filling, pressing upon, or squeezing the windpipe; to stifle; to suffocate; to strangle. [1913 Webster]

With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To obstruct by filling up or clogging any passage; to block up. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To hinder or check, as growth, expansion, progress, etc.; to stifle. [1913 Webster]

Oats and darnel choke the rising corn. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To affect with a sense of strangulation by passion or strong feeling. ``I was choked at this word.'' --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. To make a choke, as in a cartridge, or in the bore of the barrel of a shotgun. [1913 Webster]

{To choke off}, to stop a person in the execution of a purpose; as, to choke off a speaker by uproar. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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