인생을 살다보면 감정적으로 너무 벅차올라 눈물을 멈출 수 없을 때가 있다.

  • 승리를 하기까지 그동안 너무 힘들었던 기억이 떠올라서..
  • 듣고 있던 노래에서 예전 생각이 너무 날 때. 그리고 나도 모르게 슬퍼질 때
  • 누군가의 이야기를 듣다가 측은해져서…
I almost cried… 라고 표현할 수 있지만, 좀 더 감정에 겨워 막 말이 안나오는 장면을 연상을 시키는 표현이 있다. “I almost got choked up when saying goodbye to my girlfrield at the airport”


  1. to cause someone to feel like starting to cry.
  2. to have difficulty speaking because you feel great emotion.


The speaker chokes up 또는 The speaker (gets/is) choked up 의 두 형태로 쓸 수 있다.
에세이나 뉴스 같은데서는 전자의 형태로, 대화체에서는 후자의 형태로 더 많이 쓰인다. image_img “흑흑흑흑 …”


  • If anything happens to her, anything at all, I swear to you I will get very choked up. (Serenity)
  • Holy crap, that’s beautiful. -I’m choked up (The Majestic)
  • I’m a little choked up here. I gotta get some air. (Analyze This)
  • I don’t know what to say, Al. I’m all choked up. (Twins)
  • He crouches down and looks at her, getting choked up… (Change-Up)


  • She then became choked up and told the judge she lived in Dorchester, the same Boston neighborhood where 8-year-old Martin Richard lived. (NYT)
  • The California Republican, who is finishing up as chairman of the Armed Services Committee before retirement, choked up as he acknowledged his staff and family. (Bloomberg)
  • He still choked up recounting it seventy years later (Economist)
image_img 살다보면 getting choked up 할 때가 있죠 …


  • @jimmykimmel gets choked up while shaming #CecilTheLion’s killer.
  • Shane Victorino gets choked up saying goodbye to Boston after being traded to Angels
  • Its crazy how choked up I get whenever I’m talking about you


  • little bit choked up, because that is why I am still here
  • And we sort of all choked up in the back of the taxi,
  • I couldn’t even speak I was so choked up.
  • And I’m going to get choked up, because this is my first pet,
  • And I’ll probably get choked up, because I tend to when I talk about this.


  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in a email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? No.
  • Frequency? A LOT.

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/