choke up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
present tense
I/you/we/theychoke up
he/she/itchokes up
present participlechoking up
past tensechoked up
past participlechoked up
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if someone chokes up, or if something chokes them up, they cannot speak because they are starting to cry

    When we met again after five years, I just choked up.

  2. 2
    [transitive] same as choke1 (sense 4)

    Cars and trucks are choking up our streets.

See also main entry: choke