- 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 stranglers
Who the "stranglers" themselves were, nobody seemed to know.Roosevelt in the Bad Lands
The attempt of the Stranglers to lynch a horse-thief at Las Salinas, the same being me.
We sprinkled the tails of the Stranglers until there was nothing to see but smoke and dust.
For some moments the three Stranglers had maintained a profound silence.
The dangerous chief of the Stranglers was never seen again in Java.
- (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 stranglers
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.