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Choke, to suffocate: “impatience --s her pleading tongue,” Ven. 217. “--d with a piece of toasted cheese,” Wiv. V, 5, 147. R2 II, 1, 37. H6A II, 5, 123. III, 2, 46. V, 4, 120. Troil. I, 3, 126. Tit. V, 3, 175. Tim. I, 2, 38. Caes. I, 2, 249. Ant. I, 5, 68. “as corn o'ergrown by weeds, so heedful fear is almost --d by unresisted lust,” Lucr. 282. “they 'll o'ergrow the garden and c. the herbs,” H6B III, 1, 33. cf. R2 III, 4, 44. “leaving their earthly parts to c. your clime,” H5 IV, 3, 102 (== to poison the air). “fearful scouring doth c. the air with dust,” Tim. V, 2, 16.
Hence == to oppress, to make away with, to kill: “else imputation might reproach your life and c. your good to come,” Meas. V, 427. “that's the way to c. a gibing spirit,” LLL V, 2, 868. Ado II, 3, 264. Shr. II, 378. John IV, 2, 58. H4B I, 1, 184. H6A II, 4, 112. H6B III, 1, 143. H8 I, 2, 4. Cor. IV, 7, 49. Rom. I, 1, 200. Caes. III, 1, 269. Mcb. I, 2, 9. Oth. V, 2, 55. Cymb. III, 5, 77. -- Reflectively: “when to my good lord I prove untrue, I'll c. myself,” Cymb. I, 5, 87.
To c. up, in the same sense: “where none will sweat but for promotion, and having that, do c. their service up even with the having,” As II, 3, 61. “our garden is full of weeds, her fairest flowers --d up,” R2 III, 4, 44.
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