Origin of strangles
- 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 strangles
As we saw when the B-2 came under attack the moment that it was unveiled, it strangles the pro-bomber case.Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret?
September 22, 2014
Exclusiveness is a constricting cord that strangles progress.The Better Germany in War Time
Oh, I know all the problems of security and how it strangles work.Security
Ernest M. Kenyon
He tears away the golden cord from his hat, and strangles himself.The Robbers
It comes right up to other people, strangles them, or drags them along with it.The Goose Man
It stifles the spirit of progress and strangles its pioneers.Flowers of Freethought
George W. Foote
- (functioning as singular) an acute bacterial disease of horses caused by infection with Streptococcus equi, characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract, resulting in abscesses and a nasal dischargeAlso called: equine distemper
- (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 strangles
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.