- to kill by squeezing the throat in order to compress the windpipe and prevent the intake of air, as with the hands or a tightly drawn cord.
- to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
- to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
- to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.
Origin of strangle
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Examples from the Web for strangle
As you can see on your screens, this young soldier is trying to strangle me with the barrel of his carbine.This 1979 Novel Predicted Putin’s Invasion Of Crimea
May 18, 2014
If he refuses to strangle his own baby in the crib, Republicans are happy to retaliate.The GOP Is Threatening Murder-Suicide With New Shutdown Warnings
September 19, 2013
They drove to his home in South Los Angeles and had sex but shortly thereafter, he attempted to strangle her with a shoelace.Los Angeles Police Pin Old Murders of Three Women on Dead Serial Killer
August 3, 2012
Bulger attempted to strangle McIntyre with a rope and, when that failed, he shot McIntyre in the head multiple times.Whitey Bulger's Victim Speaks Out Against FBI
November 18, 2011
"Mark tried to strangle me last night," my friend blurted out.Husbands Who Bring the War Home
September 25, 2010
Can he compass his spirit with meekness, and strangle a natural oath?Farm Ballads
Also the camel-goose might fling his neck about the villain, and strangle him.
He said to himself that he would be able to strangle the Rougons alone if he could ever get them into a corner.The Fortune of the Rougons
Seeing how difficult he proved to strangle, they must have cursed that amulet of his.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
A sudden thought seemed to strangle her, and she called no more.Tales of Unrest
- (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
- (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
- (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
Word Origin and History for strangle
c.1300, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare "to choke, stifle, check, constrain," from Greek strangalan "choke, twist," from strangale "a halter, cord, lace," related to strangos "twisted," from PIE root *strenk- "tight, narrow; pull tight, twist" (see strain (v.)). Related: Strangled; strangling.
- To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.