The NY Governor has set off a right-wing firestorm, standing accused of seeking to stifle free speech and political plurality.
His regime is working hard to stifle protest without completely unplugging Iran's telecommunications infrastructure.
He again turns Medicare into a voucher program, a position he had to stifle in 2012, because Romney did not approve.
Some leftists see the war as a U.S.-backed pretense to militarize Mexico and stifle activism.
Just as goals galore have defined this World Cup in Brazil, so too have the men whose job it is to stifle and stop those goals.
Yet he could not stay; he must do it, and he tried to stifle the doubt which insisted upon arising in his mind.
I must not write you with emotion; I must stifle my desire to cry out for your sympathy.
Lennon pressed her face hard against his breast to stifle her shrieks.
I will die, yes, I will die in silence, and stifle my grief.
Not that it matters, seeing that you have a husband who could stifle you in pretty frocks and never miss the money.
late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Old French estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s. Related: Stifled; stifling.