When something gets stuck in a person’s throat and the person can’t swallow, use the word "choke."
- Bill choked while eating a hot dog.
- A man in our office choked during his lunch. He’s okay.
- A woman in the restaurant almost choked to death until someone hit her on the back.
- Don’t take such big bites. You’ll choke.
We might use the verb "choke" if someone or something grabs a person by the neck:
- He’s being choked.
- His computer is choking him.
- I read online about a woman who was sent to prison for choking a coworker.
- Eric doesn’t like to wear ties because he feels like he’s being choked.
" is also a popular word to use when describing a team or a person who is in a position of losing after having been in a winning position:
- Our team was ahead, but then we choked in the last five minutes and lost.
- Dan always chokes during a tennis match.
- Helen is a good worker because she never chokes under pressure.
- Okay, I’m ahead by three points. Hope I don’t choke.
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March 20, 2012