1. (US, also choke in, ...up) to stop talking; esp. as imper. choke it! choke up! shut up!
|‘Handy Andy’ in Bentley’s Misc. Apr. 376: Choke you, you vagabond!|
|High Life in N.Y. I 19: Cousin John looked at her so eternal cross that she was glad to choke in.|
|Out for the Coin 74: ‘Aw, choke up! choke up,’ the stranger advised.|
|Bar-20 ix: ‘Choke up,’ interposed Red.|
|Racket Act II: Choke it. We don’t want any trouble with you.|
|Dundee Courier 19 Feb. 6/3: When the sailor told his mates to be quiet, he said, ‘Choke your luff’.|
2. (N.Z./US) to stop doing something; to turn off, e.g. a radio.
|Babe Gordon (1934) 132: He choked down the speed of the car.|
|DAUL 44/1: Choke. To extinguish or dim a light. ‘Choke that glim (flashlight).’.et al.|
|Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 27/1: choke it cancel or stop something; eg ‘Shall I choke the telly? There’s nothing worth watching tonight.’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].|
3. (Aus. Und.) to assault and rob.
|New Call (Perth, WA) 7 Apr. 3/5: In former times an ‘open go’ was afforded, and a winner simply had to take the risk, Sometimes he got through unscathed, more often he was ‘choked’ before he got fifty yards.|
4. (US) orig. sporting, to lose one’s nerve when faced by pressure.
|[||On Broadway 3 May [synd. col.] Add Baseball Slang. [...] ‘He chokes in the clutch’ — a player who isn’t so good in a pinch].|
|A Flying Tiger’s Diary (1984) 134: I caught a glimpse of three aircraft to my upper right. I choked! Were they Japs? Nope!5 Jan. in|
|CUSS 96: Choke [...] Choke up Tense at the last minute.et al.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 2: choke – become disabled under pressure, give up out of frustration: Don’t cram so hard the night before, and you won’t choke the day of the exam.|
|(con. 1967) Welcome to Vietnam (1989) 64: You always wonder whether you’ll choke until you’ve had that time [i.e. under fire].|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 7: Choke: Fold under pressure.|
|(con. 1975–6) Steel Toes 17: Since he’s choked it’s all right to fuck with him.|
5. (US campus) to reprimand or refuse; to ‘shoot down’.
|in Current Sl. (1967) I:4.|
6. to surprise, to shock, to disgust.
|Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 21: It doesn’t satisfy me / it chokes me to here.|
7. (US campus) to do badly in work that one should have found easy.
|CUSS 96: Choke Do poorly on something.et al.|
|Sl. U. 58: I can’t believe it — I studied all night for my test and I totally choked.|
|Clueless [film script] cher: Did you get your report card? dionne: Yeah, I’m toast. How’d you do? cher: I totally choked. My father is going to go ballistic on me.|
8. (US campus) to smoke marijuana.
|Panic in Needle Park (1971) 55: Instead of going drinking to get drunk, I went and bought a stick of pot. And I choked my brains out. I was started.|
|‘1st Of Tha Month’ [lyrics] E. 1999 Eternal [album] Cuz it’s the 1st of tha month and now we smokin’, chokin’, rollin’ blunts / And sippin’ on 40 ounces thuggin’ come come we got the blessed rum.|
|Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] choke v 1. to smoke marijuana.|
SE in slang uses
1. rum, grog.
|Novel Newspaper (1842) I 155/1: Replenishing the mug with a large addition of the article known to the soldiery by the name of ‘choke dog,’ she held it towards the pedler.‘The Spy’ in|
2. cheese; unappetizing food.
|Good Words Mar. n.p.: [...] Bread and choke-dog, as he calls his county’s cheese, etc. – these [...] are the chief items in his bill of fare [F&H].|
|Sailors’ Lang. xii: Out of his sea fare [...] Jack nevertheless manages to manufacture several dishes, of which the names are worthy of the contents and flavour [...] ‘dogsbody,’ ‘seapie,’ ‘choke-dog.’.|
(W.I.) foofoo, a mixture of yams, plantains and cassava boiled and then pounded into a thick mass.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
an unanswerable objection, a reproof.
|Euphues and his England (1916) 304: He gave him a choke-pear to stop his breath, replying as followeth ...|
|Honest Whore Pt 2 (1630) V ii: Tho I cannot giue the old dog, my Father, a bone to gnaw, the Daughter shall bee sure of a Choke-peare .|
|Crabtree Lectures 88: I doe marvaile you had no Souse, [...] Woodcocke, nor bitter Almonds, nor choake Peares.|
|Hist. of Peter and Betteries 11: I can give the choak pears which will do thee a great deal of good.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions n.p.: Choak Pear. an Unanswerable Objection, also a machine used abroad by Robbers. It was an iron Pear, which they forced into the Mouths of Persons from whom they intended to extort Money, & on turning a key certain interior springs thrust forth a number of points in all directions, which so enlarged it that it could not be taken out of the Mouth, & the Iron being case hardened could not be filed, the only way of getting rid of it was either by cutting the Mouth or Advertising a reward for the Key. These Pears were also called Pears of Agony .|
|,||Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (2nd, 3rd edn).|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.|
(US) a necktie.
|Western Words (1968) 64/2: choke strap A cowboy’s name for a necktie.|
|Down in the Holler 234: choke rag: n. An old-fashioned necktie.|
(Aus.) a general negative or dismissive phr. used variously as to context.
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 14: Choke a brown dog: Almost anything nasty will choke a brown dog. [...] The phrase normally goes, ‘Jeez (a euphemism for Jesus), that pie was as rough as guts it would choke a brown dog, it would.’.|
see under darkie n.
(US) a roadside café, a truckstop.
|Truck Talk 30: Choke and puke: a run-down truck stop.|
|CB Slanguage 23: Choke and Puke: truck stop restaurant.|
|et al. CB Bible 80: Anyone looking for a choke and chew or a place to go bowling just has to get on [channel] 11.|
|Campus Sl. Sept. 2: choke and puke – any fast food restaurant.|
|‘Tim’s tales from the Road’ [Internet] The food in most Calgary truck stops is notorious among regular drivers, and the Road King Buffet is no exception, earning its nickname, ‘The Road Kill Truck Stop.’ [...] I hoped Lance knew of a better choke and puke where we could find chow.|
|Arrow Industrial Supply Inc. (OH) [Internet] I propose that the 30,000 person who comes on to our site gets to have dinner Friday Night Free at [...] the Local Choke and Puke in Louisville. I understand the Friday Night special is Bean Soup, Beans and Cornbread, and Beans & Ham casarole.|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: strangle Kojak euph. Male masturbation; peeling the carrot; stroking the wookie. See Kojaks roll-neck.|
|‘U4ME’ (poem) on Originality [Internet] Blinding the Cyclops, yanking the rope / Choking Kojak, disobeying the Pope.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 145: I was sitting at home [...] watching the Tracey Shaw aerobics video and strangling Kojak.|
1. to masturbate.
|CB Slanguage 23: Chicken Choker: one who masturbates [...] Choke the Chicken: masturbate.|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 7: wax the dolphin [...] Also choke the chicken.|
|Homeboy 124: He likes killin . . . the way you like chokin yer chicken.|
|‘International Answers: Spammers’ Message on LBO Talk list 14 Jan. [Internet] In High School, I was probably as homophobic as your average straight teenager, but I never associated ‘riding the handcar’ with homosexuality. I never felt guilty about choking my chicken.|
|Finders Keepers (2016) 116: He might [...] grab one of his father’s Playboys [...] and choke the chicken for a while.|
2. (also feed the chooks (on Master Bates farm)) to masturbate a partner.
|‘A Day In The Life Of...’ 29 Apr. [Internet] At the same time she put her hand in my pants and started to ‘choke the chicken’ and then on to ‘smoking the Whitehouse cigar’, taking it deep into her throat until my cock was like a ‘diamond cutter’.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 77: feeding the chooks Male masturbation, sometimes rammed home with the addition on Master Bates’ farm. ANZ.|
3. (US) to have sexual intercourse.
|Modern English 72: copulation (n): [...] Choke the chicken.|
see under lizard n.