"chokes" in the noun sense
1. choke, choke coil, choking coil
a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine
"chokes" in the verb sense
breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion
"She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
2. choke, gag, fret
be too tight rub or press
"This neckband is choking the cat"
3. choke, scrag
wring the neck of
"The man choked his opponent"
4. choke, strangle
constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
5. gag, choke, strangle, suffocate
struggle for breath have insufficient oxygen intake
"he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation
"The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"
check or slow down the action or effect of
"She choked her anger"
8. clog, choke off, clog up, back up, congest, choke, foul
become or cause to become obstructed
"The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"
"The water pipe is backed up"
9. suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate, choke
impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
"The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
10. suffocate, choke
become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
"He is suffocating
11. suffocate, choke
suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
"His job suffocated him"
12. die, decease, perish, go, exit, pass away, expire, pass, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, choke, croak, snuff it
pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
"She died from cancer"
"The children perished in the fire"
"The patient went peacefully"
"The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
13. choke, throttle
reduce the air supply
"choke a carburetor"
14. gag, choke
cause to retch or choke
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