To choke off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To choke off to stop a person in the execution of a purpose; as, to choke off a speaker by uproar.
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Usage

In literature:

What he was going to say was choked off.
"Jack Wright and His Electric Stage;" by "Noname"
The next thing is to choke off the children before they go any further.
"Marjorie's Busy Days" by Carolyn Wells
But if a boy tries to branch out as a statesman, they choke him off.
"The Grocery Man And Peck's Bad Boy Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa, No. 2 - 1883" by George W. Peck
I want to know if you don't think they will choke you off some day when they are done using you?
"The Diamond Coterie" by Lawrence L. Lynch
One must not be disagreeable or rude to men in our trade, but one can often choke them off by laughing at them.
"To Love" by Margaret Peterson
He tried to breathe, and thinking his cravat was choking him, he tore it off and threw it on the road.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
It was choked up with shadows, and their blackness seemed to warn her off.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
A small mill pool had been so completely choked with dead that they were obliged to let off the water and clean it out.
"Before and after Waterloo" by Edward Stanley
Still, it will do to choke him off with as well as another.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
But, as I remember, then you had a tendency to choke him off.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
A dog started to bark, but the sound was choked off.
"Saboteurs on the River" by Mildred A. Wirt
A second pillar of flame bloomed next to the car and a choking scream, cut off even as it began.
"Sense of Obligation" by Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
He has plenty of time on his hands, and spends a good part of it with me, except when I have to choke him off.
"Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S." by Percy F. Westerman
She was engaged to some fellow down there and then choked him off all at once, no one quite knew why.
"The Fire Trumpet" by Bertram Mitford
I came to this conclusion before I got my fingers, as gently as I could, inside his rainbow-hued comforter and choked him off.
"In the Guardianship of God" by Flora Annie Steel
The strain upon his neck soon choked off his breath, and he was forced to let loose his grasp upon the other lasso.
"Crusoe's Island: A Ramble in the Footsteps of Alexander Selkirk" by John Ross Browne
Anyway 'e wouldn't own up to it, and choked us off when we offered to give 'im a 'and.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman
Tod choked with laughter, and dashed off to get rid of it.
"Johnny Ludlow, Sixth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He started to say that the contest hadn't been fair, but choked off the words.
"Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle" by Mildred A. Wirt
All this bother about Ariadne has choked me off love for a long while to come.
"The Celebrity at Home" by Violet Hunt
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In poetry:

When she broke off, I was too choked
With tenderness to speak.
And so her little form I stroked,
And kissed her on the cheek;
"At San Giovanni Del Lago" by Alfred Austin
Off in a rage he rushed to South,
'My wheat and rye'--grief choked his mouth:
'Pray don't mind me,' said South, 'but plant
All of the new land that you want;'
'Yes, but your hogs,' cried North;
"Leaving the Matter Open: A Tale" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

The San Clemente Dam chokes off the natural source of gravel needed to support the downstream food chain on the Carmel River.
BP to try to choke off Gulf of Mexico oil gusher.
BP to try to choke off Gulf of Mexico oil gusher .
The eyes on these bears can come off, posing a choking hazard to young children.
OAKLAND, Calif — The Iranian vice president is threatening to use Iran's navy to close the Strait of Hormuz to shipping traffic if the U.S.-led oil embargo chokes off his nation's oil exports.
A Palm Coast man arrested on a charge of cruelty to animals bit the lips off one kitten and choked another to death, deputies say.
Barnett, 19, grabbed the steering wheel in an attempt to veer the car off the road, police said, and the woman stopped when Barnett started to choke her.
EMT Teresa Soler, 46, restrained him to a seat, but Jaccarino allegedly ripped off his arm strap and smacked her with his forearms, knocking her to the ground, then choked her.
The Revolutionary Guard and the US Navy both patrol the narrow waterway, which Iran had threatened to choke off in retaliation for tougher Western sanctions over its suspect nuclear program.
The toxic atmosphere thrown up by a media frenzy tends to obscure the facts and choke off dissent.
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In science:

It is plausible that in a larger cell, an even smaller concentration of 3He could pinch off the winding exchanges (or supercurrent) by going to choke positions not present in our small cell, thus giving better agreement with the experimental findings of a critical 3He concentration of 0.1%.
Superfluidity of Dense $^4$He in Vycor
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