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Definition of 'strangle'


  1. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"
       Synonyms: strangulate throttle
  2. conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
       Synonyms: smother stifle muffle repress
  3. die from strangulation
  4. prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
       Synonyms: hamper halter cramp
  5. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
       Synonyms: choke
  6. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
       Synonyms: gag choke suffocate

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