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strangle

[strang-guh l]
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verb (used with object), stran·gled, stran·gling.
  1. 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.
  2. to kill by stopping the breath in any manner; choke; stifle; suffocate.
  3. to prevent the continuance, growth, rise, or action of; suppress: Censorship strangles a free press.
verb (used without object), stran·gled, stran·gling.
  1. to be choked, stifled, or suffocated.

Origin of strangle

1250–1300; Middle English strangelen < Old French estrangler < Latin strangulāre < Greek strangalân, derivative of strangálē halter, akin to strangós twisted
Related formsstran·gler, nounstran·gling·ly, adverbun·stran·gled, adjective

Synonyms

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1. garrote, throttle, choke. 2. smother. 3. check, repress, gag, muzzle.
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Examples from the Web for stranglers

Historical Examples

  • Who the "stranglers" themselves were, nobody seemed to know.

    Roosevelt in the Bad Lands

    H. Hagedorn.

  • The attempt of the Stranglers to lynch a horse-thief at Las Salinas, the same being me.

    Curly

    Roger Pocock

  • We sprinkled the tails of the Stranglers until there was nothing to see but smoke and dust.

    Curly

    Roger Pocock

  • For some moments the three Stranglers had maintained a profound silence.

  • The dangerous chief of the Stranglers was never seen again in Java.


British Dictionary definitions for stranglers

strangle

verb
  1. (tr) to kill by compressing the windpipe; throttle
  2. (tr) to prevent or inhibit the growth or development ofto strangle originality
  3. (tr) to suppress (an utterance) by or as if by swallowing suddenlyto strangle a cry
See also strangles

Word Origin

C13: via Old French, ultimately from Greek strangalē a halter
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Word Origin and History for stranglers

strangle

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stranglers in Medicine

strangle

(strănggəl)
v.
  1. To compress the trachea so as to prevent sufficient passage of air; suffocate.
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