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Definition of strangle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they strangle
    he / she / it strangles
    past simple strangled
    -ing form strangling
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  1. 1strangle somebody to kill someone by squeezing or pressing on their throat and neck to strangle someone to death He strangled her with her own scarf. Whenever she starts going on about her beloved son, I could cheerfully strangle her.
  2. 2strangle something to prevent something from growing or developing The current monetary policy is strangling the economy. “Oh, no!” she cried, strangling a sob.
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