from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of pear that has a rough astringent taste. Hence—
- n. Anything that stops the mouth; an unanswerable argument; an aspersion or a sarcasm by which a person is put to silence.
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It originally appeared by instalments in the _Contemporary Review_, where it must have been something of a choke-pear even for the readers of that then young and thoughtful periodical.
After a little space the hatch was lifted from where I lay, the choke-pear taken from my mouth; but not the bandage from mine eyes, so
Meantime, as a kind of choke-pear, we leave with the Homeric adorer this one brace of portraits, or hints for such a brace, which we commend to his comparison, as Hamlet did the portraits of the two brothers to his besotted mother.
Why, indeed, said my brother, with an air of college-sufficiency, with which he abounds, (for he thinks nobody writes like himself,) I believe I have given her a choke-pear.
Yet, lest some choke-pear < 32 > of state policy should stop my throat, and spoil my drinking pipe, see, like his cloak, I hung at the King's elbow, till I had got his hand to sign my life.
_choke-pear_, shewed the dearth of intellectual intercourse in which he lived, and the craving in his mind after those studies which had once been his pride, and to which he still turned for consolation in his remote solitude.
We might give you one, you know: a choke-pear! ... "