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Definition of throttle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    throttle somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they throttle
    he / she / it throttles
    past simple throttled
    -ing form throttling
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  1. 1to attack or kill someone by squeezing their throat in order to stop them from breathing synonym strangle
  2. 2 He throttled the guard with his bare hands.
  3. 3(humorous) I like her, although I could cheerfully throttle her at times (= because she is annoying).
  4. 4(figurative) The city is being throttled by traffic.
  5. Phrasal Verbsthrottle (something) back/down/up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: throttle