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Feel me rise in anger,

I am the emptiness that fills,

An obstruction, I may choke you,

Yet many enjoy me.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ is it related to smoke? $\endgroup$ – smriti Jul 1 '16 at 12:06
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    $\begingroup$ I know I know I know -- you are Brent Hackers. (Or is that not the answer this time? Damn.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jul 1 '16 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Cheeky bugger. +1 >:| $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 12:29
  • $\begingroup$ @smriti Nowt to do with smoke. Sorry. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 12:30
  • $\begingroup$ Noticing the tag homonym, I'm guessing the answer has a different meaning to explain each line. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Jul 1 '16 at 13:30

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Perhaps you are a

GORGE.

Feel me rise in anger,

To say that someone's gorge rises is to say that they are either violently disgusted or very angry.

I am the emptiness that fills,

A gorge is a sort of canyon (an emptiness in the ground) carved out by a river (so if the river floods, the gorge can fill with water). Also, to gorge on some sort of food is to eat a great deal of it and fill yourself up.

An obstruction, I may choke you,

If your gorge (your throat) is obstructed, you may choke. (I think this is the weakest fit in this answer.) OR: the dictionary tells me there's a US-only usage: "A mass choking up a narrow passage; esp. in ice-gorge" which seems like it fits fairly well.

Yet many enjoy me.

Many people like to gorge themselves -- on, say, ice cream or steak.

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  • $\begingroup$ Bingo! House! Checkmate! Etc! You missed a meaning that better covers the 'obstruction' but you got it. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:48
  • $\begingroup$ OK, I've added another candidate for that. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jul 1 '16 at 14:50
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    $\begingroup$ That's the one. I had no idea it was US only... I will stop using it promptly. Colour! Aluminium! Lift! Etc! $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ Of course the OED could be wrong about it being US-only -- it's sometimes rather out of date. It's not a usage I've heard, but that proves nothing at all. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Jul 1 '16 at 14:58
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    $\begingroup$ @jpmc26 Hmm... BAD PUN! BAAAAD, BAAAAAAAAD PUN! $\endgroup$ – EKons Jul 3 '16 at 7:08
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You are a

donut

Feel me rise in anger,

I throw food when I'm angry

I am the emptiness that fills,

Donuts have a hole and they fill me up

An obstruction, I may choke you,

Too many donuts may cause choking

Yet many enjoy me.

God knows I enjoy donuts

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    $\begingroup$ I like it but it's not the answer. But proper ones have jam, not a hole! -1000 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:54
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Apologies in advance because this is certainly NOT the answer

(NSFW Warning)

A Penis

Feel me rise in anger,
Some people have erections when angry... Don't ask me how I know this

I am the emptiness that fills,
Don't want to explain this

An obstruction, I may choke you,
Uhhh... Yeah, REALLY don't want to explain that one...

Yet many enjoy me.
Pretty self explanatory...

Sorry again...

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    $\begingroup$ Another one... You should be ashamed. Not the worst fit so far though. (I know, I know, "that's what she said") $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:44
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You already selected an answer but

Pressure

In anger,

blood pressure rises.

Emptiness that fills

a balloon or tire

Choke:

Some people choke under pressure.

Some people enjoy it.

Indeed, some people do best under pressure

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  • $\begingroup$ Pretty damn good... Guess I should've spent longer on this one. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 2 '16 at 6:31
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Bit of a stretch, but are you perhaps:

feelings/emotions?


Feel me rise in anger,

Becoming angry could be described as having raised or heightened emotions.


I am the emptiness that fills,

Being filled with feelings of emptiness?


An obstruction, I may choke you,

You can be choked up with emotion.


Yet many enjoy me.

I certainly hope people enjoy having emotions in general, especially the happy ones, even if not all the time.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not awful fits. +1 not what I'm after though. The answer is a single word that has more than one meaning. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 13:29
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Are you...

air

Feel me rise in anger,

Air rises when it gets hot, when people get angry they get hot tempered

I am the emptiness that fills,

Air is generally considered as something being empty or not present and yet it is a gas that fills up whatever contains it.

An obstruction, I may choke you,

If our airflow is obstructed we will choke

Yet many enjoy me.

We need air to live

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  • $\begingroup$ Not an awful fit but not the answer I was looking for. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:49
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Apologies in advance and I am hesitant to answer for being tricked but are you ..

Dam

I was going to say

Damn, it's not Brent Hackers

Feel me rise in anger

Dam risen is mad

I am the emptiness that fills

A dam is a reservoir that is filled with hopefully water

An obstruction, I may choke you

A dam is an obstruction in say a river and Choke dam is in Texas and creates a large reservoir.

Yet many enjoy me

Dams can be nice places for sight seeing, fishing e.t.c and also enjoyed for the water it provides

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't have a clue what you're talking about... But not a terrible guess. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:53
  • $\begingroup$ I'm glad I got this wrong - nothing unusual in that - it was bad but not as much as some I see or am sure! have seen earlier. My first thought was smoke but considered that as a smokescreen: - nice to see some of the other answers anyhow!. What's happening to the world these days ... $\endgroup$ – Tom Jul 1 '16 at 15:23
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I am just guessing here.. I think it's

Tie

Feel me rise in anger,

In anger, we sometimes raise our chin, in turn raising the tie

I am the emptiness that fills,

I m not sure about this but I think, it probably fills the space on our shirt below the chin.

An obstruction, I may choke you

Fit it too tight and it will choke u

Yet many enjoy me.

Still people like to put on tie for a better appearance(not me)

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry. Not what I'm after but that first explanation is close-ish. (physically at least) +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 13:27
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Second try :

heart

Feel me rise in anger,

when you get angry, you feel your heart racing/pouncing

I am the emptiness that fills,

an heart is empty, but keep getting filled with blood

An obstruction, I may choke you,

When there is a bloodclot, it block the body to access oxygen -> choke

Yet many enjoy me.

we say that a nice personne is a heart person (at least in French, but i think i've heard something similar in english)

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    $\begingroup$ I apologies for my last answer, I really posted it in good faith. $\endgroup$ – pwnsauce Jul 1 '16 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ A much better try +1 but still not what I'm looking for. I don't think your answer (in a living thing at least) is ever actually "empty" is it? Anyway, 'choke' is more literal. There's your own personal little clue, just for you. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 13:42
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Feel me rise in anger,

When one is angry, they push those closest away, becoming lonely

I am the emptiness that fills,

Loneliness becomes overwhelming

An obstruction, I may choke you,

Loneliness is terribly choking to some people. Also can lead to one not doing much (an obstruction).

Yet many enjoy me.

I myself enjoy being an introvert.

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    $\begingroup$ Huh. A seriously good fit... +1 Not the answer though. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 16:39
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Well, is that possible you are a

geyser

?

Feel me rise in anger,

Surely when I become angry, I rise !

I am the emptiness that fills,

I am just a hole... but also filled by water

An obstruction, I may choke you,

Sure let me spring !

Yet many enjoy me.

I am so spectacular : )

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! Could you edit this answer to add in an explanation as to why you think it is correct? $\endgroup$ – Aza Jul 1 '16 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ mmm... ok... sorry first time in this stack $\endgroup$ – lemon Jul 1 '16 at 19:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Emrakul, Is that better ? $\endgroup$ – lemon Jul 1 '16 at 19:22
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, that's definitely an improvement! Thanks for the quick edits, and welcome again! $\endgroup$ – Aza Jul 1 '16 at 19:22
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Are you

Whole/Hole

Feel me rise in anger,

Sometimes when people get mad they may punch a hole in the wall

I am the emptiness that fills,

A hole is empty, while whole is all of something (or a filled in hole)

An obstruction, I may choke you,

"You ate the whole thing?"

Yet many enjoy me

Donut holes

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    $\begingroup$ Clever but not what I'm looking for. And no one enjoys the hole. Especially me. I like big puffy ones with no hole and lots of jam. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jul 1 '16 at 14:56

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