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  1. [verb] 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. [verb] conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
    Synonyms: smother, stifle, muffle, repress

  3. [verb] die from strangulation

  4. [verb] prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
    Synonyms: hamper, halter, cramp

  5. [verb] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
    Synonyms: choke

  6. [verb] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
    Synonyms: gag, choke, suffocate


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