One gets the sense that these are the words Sotomayor stifled, or perhaps drafted and circulated, in Fisher.
stifled by fear, our leaders lose perspective and cease being authentic and vulnerable.
The BP Spill Issa, for his part, has put out a detailed list of the top priorities he believes Democrats have stifled.
Matthew Weiner, its creator, took The Daily Beast on a tour of the winning season, with its damaged ad men and stifled housewives.
I think later in life our creativity can get stifled because we think we have to grow up and mature our ideas.
The man in the chair threw up his hands as if to keep the other off, and uttered a stifled cry.
"I shall never leave her again," said Hilda, in a stifled tone.
Alice threw back her lace veil as if she were stifled by the transparent mesh.
There was the vibration of a stifled laugh, and her heart jumped to meet it.
But if she resented his tone and his words, she stifled her resentment.
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.