strangle


strangle
[[t]stræ̱ŋg(ə)l[/t]]
strangles, strangling, strangled
1) VERB To strangle someone means to kill them by squeezing their throat tightly so that they cannot breathe.

[V n] He tried to strangle a border policeman and steal his gun...

[V n] He was almost strangled by his parachute harness straps.

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strangler [[t]stræ̱ŋglə(r)[/t]] plural N-COUNT

...a vigilante group looking for a strangler who's terrorising the town.

2) VERB To strangle something means to prevent it from succeeding or developing.

[V n] The country's economic plight is strangling its scientific institutions...

[V n] His creative drive has been strangled by his sense of political guilt.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Strangle — Stran gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Strangled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Strangling}.] [OF. estrangler, F. [ e]trangler, L. strangulare, Gr. ?, ?, fr. ? a halter; and perhaps akin to E. string, n. Cf. {Strain}, {String}.] 1. To compress the windpipe of (a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Strangle — Stran gle, v. i. To be strangled, or suffocated. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • strangle — I verb arrest, block, check, choke off, crush, extinguish, hush, inhibit, keep back, keep down, mask, muzzle, put a stop to, quell, quiet, repress, reserve, restrain, silence, smother, snuff out, squelch, still, stop, strangulare, subdue,… …   Law dictionary

  • strangle — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. estrangler, from L. strangulare to choke, stifle, check, constrain, from Gk. strangalan choke, twist, from strangale a halter, cord, lace, related to strangos twisted, from PIE root *strenk tight, narrow; pull tight, twist …   Etymology dictionary

  • strangle — vb *suffocate, asphyxiate, stifle, smother, choke, throttle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • strangle — [v] choke, stifle asphyxiate, gag, garrote/garrotte, inhibit, kill, muffle, quelch, repress, restrain, shush, smother, squelch, strangulate, subdue, suffocate, suppress, throttle; concepts 130,191,252 Ant. free, let go, loose …   New thesaurus

  • strangle — ► VERB 1) squeeze or constrict the neck of, especially so as to cause death. 2) suppress or hinder (an impulse, action, or sound). DERIVATIVES strangler noun. ORIGIN Old French estrangler, from Greek strangal halter …   English terms dictionary

  • strangle — [straŋ′gəl] vt. strangled, strangling [ME stranglen < OFr estrangler < L strangulare < Gr strangalan < strangalē, halter < strangos, twisted: see STRONG] 1. to kill by squeezing the throat as with the hands, a noose, etc., so as to …   English World dictionary

  • strangle — A trading strategy using options that is designed to profit from material increases in the volatility of the underlying. Similar to a straddle but using only put and call options with strike prices that are out of the money. American Banker… …   Financial and business terms

  • strangle — 01. The murdered woman had been [strangled] with a belt. 02. The dog almost [strangled] itself when it got its leash tangled on the fence. 03. I dreamt that someone was trying to [strangle] me, and when I woke up, I found my blanket had gotten… …   Grammatical examples in English