A line from the movie Mud (2012) goes:
(Matthew McConaughey's character): All right, Ellis. Can you climb that trunk, choke this off that limb? Tie it in a bowline knot, you know it?
The meaning is clear: Ellis is asked to climb up the tree and hang a rope from a branch with one end tied to it. I guess this usage is related to the sense of "to strangle", but it still seems a different usage that I don't recognize and can't find a dictionary entry to back up.
The movie is set in the Texas-Arkansas border. Is this usage regional/dialectal?