Definition of strangle verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    strangle

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈstræŋɡl//
     
    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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