Green’s Dictionary of Slang

choke v.

[fig. uses of SE]

1. [mid-19C+] (US, also choke in, ...up) to stop talking; esp. as imper. choke it! choke up! shut up!

2. [1930s+] (N.Z./US) to stop doing something; to turn off, e.g. a radio.

3. [1930s] (Aus. Und.) to assault and rob.

4. [1930s+] (US) orig. sporting, to lose one’s nerve when faced by pressure.

5. [1960s] (US campus) to reprimand or refuse; to ‘shoot down’.

6. [1960s+] to surprise, to shock, to disgust.

7. [1960s+] (US campus) to do badly in work that one should have found easy.

8. [1960s+] (US campus) to smoke marijuana.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

choke-dog (n.) [joc. ref. to the effects]

1. [early 19C] rum, grog.

2. [late 19C–1910s] cheese; unappetizing food.

choke-me (n.) [its heavy, cloying consistency]

[1950s] (W.I.) foofoo, a mixture of yams, plantains and cassava boiled and then pounded into a thick mass.

choke pear (n.) (also choak pear) [SE choke pear, an instrument of torture, similar in shape to the rubber gags favoured by today’s S&M adepts, made of an iron ‘pear’, which is forced into the victim’s mouth, a key is turned and spikes protrude from the metal into the mouth, rendering it impossible to remove unless the mouth is cut or another key obtained. This object was itself derived f. 16C choke pear, an inedible, hard pear, suitable for making the drink perry, but rejected as a dessert]

[late 16C–early 19C] an unanswerable objection, a reproof.

choke-rag (n.) (also choke-strap) [SE and its supposed effect on the (reluctant) wearer]

[1940s–50s] (US) a necktie.

In phrases

choke a brown dog (v.)

[1980s] (Aus.) a general negative or dismissive phr. used variously as to context.

choke and chew (n.) (also choke and puke) [the poor quality of the food]

[1970s+] (US) a roadside café, a truckstop.

choke Kojak (v.) (also strangle Kojak) [proper name Kojak, a bald-headed TV detective]

[1990s+] to masturbate.

choke the chicken (v.) [1990s+]

1. to masturbate.

2. (also feed the chooks (on Master Bates farm)) to masturbate a partner.

3. [1980s] (US) to have sexual intercourse.