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  1. [noun] a coil of low resistance and high inductance used in electrical circuits to pass direct current and attenuate alternating current
    Synonyms: coil, choking coil

  2. [noun] a valve that controls the flow of air into the carburetor of a gasoline engine

  3. [verb] breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"

  4. [verb] be too tight; rub or press; "This neckband is choking the cat"
    Synonyms: gag, fret

  5. [verb] wring the neck of; "The man choked his opponent"
    Synonyms: scrag

  6. [verb] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    Synonyms: strangle

  7. [verb] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    Synonyms: gag, strangle, suffocate

  8. [verb] fail to perform adequately due to tension or agitation; "The team should have won hands down but choked, disappointing the coach and the audience"

  9. [verb] check or slow down the action or effect of; "She choked her anger"

  10. [verb] become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"
    Synonyms: clog, off, clog up, back up, congest, foul

  11. [verb] impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
    Synonyms: suffocate, stifle, asphyxiate

  12. [verb] become stultified, suppressed, or stifled; "He is suffocating
    Synonyms: suffocate

  13. [verb] suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of; "His job suffocated him"
    Synonyms: suffocate

  14. [verb] die; "The old man finally kicked the bucket"
    Synonyms: kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, buy the farm, conk, give-up the ghost, drop dead, pop off, croak, snuff it

  15. [verb] reduce the air supply; "choke a carburetor"
    Synonyms: throttle

  16. [verb] cause to retch or choke
    Synonyms: gag


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