Definition of throttle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

throttle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they throttle
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtl//
 
he / she / it throttles
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtlz//
 
past simple throttled
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtld//
 
past participle throttled
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtld//
 
-ing form throttling
BrE BrE//ˈθrɒtlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθrɑːtlɪŋ//
 
 
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throttle somebody to attack or kill somebody by squeezing their throat in order to stop them from breathing synonym strangle He throttled the guard with his bare hands. (humorous) I like her, although I could cheerfully throttle her at times (= because she is annoying). (figurative) The city is being throttled by traffic. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb): perhaps a frequentative, from throat; the noun (dating from the mid 16th cent. referring to a person's throat, gullet or windpipe) is perhaps a diminutive of throat, but the history of the word is not clear.Extra examples I could have strangled/​throttled her! I felt like strangling/​throttling him! I like her, although I could cheerfully throttle her at times. Phrasal Verbsthrottle back
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