choke back - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theychoke back
he/she/itchokes back
present participlechoking back
past tensechoked back
past participlechoked back

or choke down

  1. to stop yourself from showing a feeling or emotion
    choke back tears:

    Ms Ross choked back tears as she described what had happened.

See also main entry: choke