choke off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v choke off suppress "He choked down his rage"
    • v choke off become or cause to become obstructed "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall","The water pipe is backed up"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Choke off to put an end to, as if by choking
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from sound.

Usage

In literature:

The fellow with originality and get-up is choked off, sooner or later.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
I really didn't git a square drink the first time, because I was choked off by astonishment at findin' it wasn't water.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
Not now, however: with manly hospitality, I choke off any sudden impulse.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
When Jacques stepped from the tunnel and strode toward the platform, an abrupt hush choked off the babbling and laughter in the stands.
"The Executioner" by Frank Riley
It isn't that he chokes people off from other channels.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
His voice was choked off in seconds.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Mathild uttered a cry of protest, which she choked off in the middle; but it was already too late.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
Dry, fine red sand that swirled upward in choking clouds, if you stepped off the pavement into it.
"The Statue" by Mari Wolf
A scream that thrilled up and choked off must have been the unfortunate Blue Breeches.
"The Buttoned Sky" by Geoff St. Reynard
Somebody got choked off plenty, but is trying not to show it!
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Do you know what choked him off, Hilary?
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Well, I, for one, am choked off belief in the marvellous instinct of horses, and all that sort of rot.
"A Frontier Mystery" by Bertram Mitford
It broke off as he uttered a choking curse.
"Direct Wire" by Clee Garson
The fan in the center began to smoke and the blades choked off abruptly.
"Cue for Quiet" by Thomas L. Sherred
Now, if there's anything that will make a man hot as blazes in a minute, it's choking him off when he wants to pray.
"Life on the Stage" by Clara Morris
I never like to choke off a man's appetite.
"A Yankee from the West" by Opie Read
Besides, Stella was so very unfair to Lily that it rather choked me off taking anybody else into my confidence.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
For spent air, either blown out of the mouth or given* off from moister air, chokes the virtue.
"On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth" by William Gilbert of Colchester
And when the chap was choked off it didn't matter to Dawkins.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
Indeed, the old nag was choked off on her feed, so eager was I to get away.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
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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
Choked there beneath its swollen
burden – earth’s nostrils, and audibly,
like August, far off in the distance,
midnight, ripening slow with the fields.
"The Weeping Garden" by Boris Pasternak
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.
Kids can bite off pieces of harness pad and choke.
BP to try to choke off Gulf of Mexico oil gusher.
Proposed campaign reforms wouldn't choke off political cash.
Trade Groups Warn White House That New EPA Curbs Would Choke Off Growth.
When economic crisis struck in Moscow in August, choking off the banks, wiping out savings and sending the ruble on a new downward spiral, few in Kostroma even noticed at first.
BP to try to choke off Gulf of Mexico oil gusher .
Syrian rebels choke off major military base.
And Friday night at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 in Las Vegas, Marcio Cruz, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu wizard, pulled off one of the slickest chokes you'll ever see.
Funding cuts choke off First Nations' voice.
The 32-year-old victim told cops she was at Willoughby Street at 11:30 pm when three men approached her from behind, choking her before running off with her iPhone.
Speaking of being bad, Shawn Daivari rear-naked choked a loser on a train, then kicked him and his crap off.
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.
DETROIT Britax Child Safety Inc is recalling about 60,000 car seats because children can bite off a piece of the harness pad and choke on it.
Britax Child Safety Inc is recalling about 60,000 car seats because children can bite off a piece of the harness pad and choke on it.
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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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