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choke

verb uk   /tʃəʊk/ us    /tʃoʊk/

choke verb (STOP BREATHING)

[I or T] If you choke, or if something chokes you, you stop breathing because something is blocking your throat: She choked to death on a fish bone. Children can choke on peanuts. Peanuts can choke a small child. [T] to make someone stop breathing by pressing their throat with the hands

choke verb (FILL)

[T usually passive] ( also choke up) to fill something such as a road or pipe, so that nothing can pass through: At lunchtime the streets were choked with traffic.

choke verb (FAIL)

[I] ( also choke it) informal (usually in sports) to fail to do something at a time when it is urgent, usually because you suddenly lose confidence: He could score points at will during the qualifying matches, but in the final he completely choked.
Phrasal verbs

choke

noun [C or U] uk   /tʃəʊk/ us    /tʃoʊk/
a device in a motor vehicle that changes the amount of air going into the engine, allowing more fuel compared to air to go in and therefore making the engine easier to start
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