1. [mid-19C+] a prison; a lock-up also in fig. use.
2. [mid-19C+] (UK Und., also chokey-hole) the punishment cells.
3. [late 19C+] imprisonment.
4. [late 19C+] the prison punishment diet of bread and water; thus chokey merchant, one who is suffering such a punishment.
5. [1990s+] (UK black) physical violence, ‘punishment’.