UK mid-19th century. Calque of Italian strozzapreti, from strozzare (“to choke; to strangle”) + prete (“priest”). Equivalent to choke + priest.
- (obsolete) A thick Italian soup containing pasta or dumplings.
1848, Grant, James, Adventures of an Aide-de-camp, volume 1, page 145:
Warm choke-priest, pastry, and sour wine (the refuse of the convent cellars) were retailed for the same purposes.