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English definition of “go down the wrong way”

go down the wrong way

If food or drink goes down the wrong way, it goes down the wrong tube in your throat and causes you to cough or stop breathing for a short time.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowingBreathing and stopping breathing
(Definition of go down the wrong way from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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