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choke off

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1

Put a stop to, throttle, as in Higher interest rates are choking off the real estate boom. [Early 1800s]

2

Stop someone from speaking or complaining, as in Throughout the debate the congressman had to be choked off to give the other candidate a chance to speak. [Slang; late 1800s]

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