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choke (the following are rare in S.; 3 cf. Matthew xiii. 22 in the Great Bible of 1539, ‘The care of the worlde, and the dissaytfulnes of riches, choke vp the worde’)
1. to prevent the free play of Mac. I. ii. 9 “As two spent swimmers, that do cling together And choke their art.”
2. to silence, stop the mouth of Shr. II. i. 370 “have I chok'd you with an argosy?”
3. to enclose so as to smother R2 III. iv. 44 “her fairest flowers chok'd up.”
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