choke up

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choke up (third-person singular simple present chokes up, present participle choking up, simple past and past participle choked up)

  1. (intransitive) To (temporarily) lose one's power of speech, because of embarrassment, fear etc.
    Hearing that song always makes me choke up.
  2. (transitive, sometimes figuratively) To block up; to cause something to be blocked.
    • 1904, “Chicago's Awful Theater Horror”, in Memorial Publishing Co., page 42:
      The bodies choked up the entrance, barring the egress of those behind.
  3. (baseball, intransitive) To hold the bat higher (farther from the knob) than is normal.