Keywords: choke (car), choke (throat), stuck, trapped

Sign Definition

As a Noun

1. A device in a car, lorry, or other vehicle that reduces the amount of air going into the engine and makes it easier to start. English = choke.

As a Verb or Adjective

1. To be unable to breath or swallow because something is stuck in your throat. English = choke.
2. To be unable to continue doing something because it is too difficult, or to be in an unpleasant situation and to be unable to change it. English = (be) stuck, (be) trapped.


1. For some signers this sign for ‘choke’ (meaning unable to breathe or swallow) has had its meaning extended to the choke in a car and to being unable to do something more generally. Most signers would use the other signs that match the keywords ‘choke (car)’ and ‘stuck’ listed in this dictionary for these other concepts.