Definition of strangle in English:



  • 1 Squeeze or constrict the neck of (a person or animal), especially so as to cause death.

    ‘the victim was strangled with a scarf’
    • ‘Then, in some unexplained way, the sprocket chain tore loose and managed to wrap itself about the boy's neck, strangling him.’
    • ‘The court declared the man guilty of strangling his sister to death with a telephone cord.’
    • ‘Finally, he strangled her to death with a gauze bandage.’
    • ‘I had to severely restrain myself from strangling her right there and then.’
    • ‘He had strangled a prostitute to death when she disagreed with him.’
    • ‘She showed them, but the thieves were still unsatisfied and nearly strangled her to death.’
    • ‘But suddenly, she had both hands around his neck and was strangling him.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I felt like strangling him to death.’
    • ‘It took all my will power to keep myself from strangling that person to death.’
    • ‘Tatsuya brought his face closer, grabbing Tomoya's neck, strangling him slightly.’
    • ‘Alex's cold hands went to Michelle's neck, and strangled her for dear life.’
    • ‘Sara wrapped her legs around Dallas's waist and held on to his neck almost strangling him.’
    • ‘Was she smothered, was she strangled, why wasn't there any blood?’
    • ‘An urge to strangle the older girl was suppressed.’
    • ‘I wanted to grab her by the neck and strangle her.’
    • ‘Dougal thrust Gino backward into the wall, his fingers tight around his neck, literally strangling him.’
    • ‘When I get my hands on her, I'm going to strangle her until her neck is two inches thick!’
    • ‘She felt as if an invisible hand was upon her neck, strangling her with an iron grip.’
    • ‘Jason wrestled the weapon from his foe's hands, and, right there, strangled him to death.’
    • ‘He escaped, but his kinsman later strangled him to death.’
    throttle, choke, garrotte
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    1. 1.1Sounding as though the utterer's throat is constricted.
      ‘a series of strangled gasps’
      • ‘A strangled shriek of rage and panic caught in her throat, and she struggled like a dying fish hooked through the cheek.’
      • ‘Tielle sat up in bed, her mouth open, a strangled cry escaping her throat, sweat dripping from her.’
      • ‘As he burst through the surface, his strangled breathing was the only sound other than the rushing water that pulled him farther downstream.’
      • ‘A strangled laugh escaped her throat as she clung to him tighter, squeezing her eyes shut.’
      • ‘A strangled cry rose in her throat and her eyes grew to the size of saucers.’
      • ‘The look on my face combined with the little strangled noises that seemed to come from my throat of their own accord seemed answer enough.’
      • ‘Arin felt a lump form in the back of his throat, a strangled gasp being all that could escape.’
      • ‘I felt my fists clenching, my face contorting, feeling, not hearing the burning, strangled sob that clawed its way from my throat.’
      • ‘A strangled scream escaped my throat as the great white shark ripped the protective cage to pieces, as if it was made of matchwood…’
      • ‘She wanted to scream, but a strangled sounding gasp was all that emitted from her.’
      • ‘A choked sound came from my throat, a strangled sound.’
      • ‘But the silence of the night gave way to strangled sobs in my throat.’
      • ‘Althia broke off, emitting a strangled noise in her throat and burying her face in Briar's shoulder.’
      • ‘A strangled sob forced its way past my constricted throat muscles.’
      • ‘She heard gunshots, loud and sharp through the air and a strangled scream ripped from her throat, as she tasted the dirt.’
      • ‘Jen nodded, a strangled sound coming out of her throat that sounded like ‘yes.’’
      • ‘I uttered a strangled yelp of sheer terror, as the unidentified floating object moved jerkily toward me.’
      • ‘A strangled noise came from the woman's throat.’
      • ‘I nearly leapt out from my seat, a strangled squeak uttered from somewhere in my throat as an unexpected voice spoke from behind me.’
      • ‘The second girl made a strangled sound in her throat.’
    2. 1.2Suppress (an impulse, action, or sound)
      ‘she strangled a sob’
      • ‘The Spearman fought his bitter, convulsive coughs, strangling his sounds against a white-knuckled fist, and Zarantha held his wasted body in her arms.’
      • ‘It took all of Emerald's self control to prevent herself from strangling the annoyance.’
      • ‘In the end, the struggle against the central powers exhausted and strangled the impulse to freedom associated with growing equality, and the middle classes succumbed to being administered.’
      • ‘Her voice had shaken badly and more than once, he had caught the sound of her strangling a sob.’
      • ‘As high school grad classes of the new millennium file into university, they bring with them a strangled enthusiasm.’
      • ‘When we worry we are strangling the very hope and faith of our future and the achieving of our goals in Christ.’
      • ‘I should be happy, but I'm so overwhelmed by shame, confusion and fear that they are strangling the feelings of love I have for him.’
      • ‘Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us… The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it.’
      • ‘Somehow the thought struck him as extremely funny and he strangled the shout of laughter that arose in his throat.’
      • ‘He strangled the urge to bang his head backwards.’
      suppress, smother, stifle, repress, restrain, hold back, hold in, fight back, bite back, gulp back, swallow, choke back, check
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    3. 1.3Hamper or hinder the development or activity of.
      ‘they allowed bureaucracy to strangle initiative’
      • ‘As Radcliffe shattered a world record in each one it appeared that she became more and more strangled by her own expectations and those of others.’
      • ‘I have firm proposals to reduce the bureaucracy which is strangling farming.’
      • ‘Then the Nigerians will fan across Monrovia, seize the port and allow humanitarian access to the strangled city.’
      • ‘Economies die more slowly, strangled by fear and despair.’
      • ‘Is that strangling the nascent ‘alarm tone’ market?’
      • ‘Why should excess consumption strangle economic growth?’
      • ‘Business is telling us that an assembly would strangle growth.’
      • ‘Put a face to the obscene greed that's strangling our beloved country!’
      • ‘She believes that the new measures could be valuable but said there was a risk that the benefits could be strangled by bureaucracy and costs.’
      • ‘Is this country so bound up in red tape that compassion has been strangled?’
      • ‘Plans have been drawn up to safeguard Cumbria's thriving local meat industry from being strangled by bureaucracy.’
      • ‘The pattern is familiar: vested interests rage against change and do their best to strangle it by cynically invoking such shibboleths as tradition, the family and the sanctity of Sunday.’
      • ‘In practice, their lives are devoured by activities and strangled with attachments.’
      • ‘If it were true, it would strangle any hopes for better relations with the United States.’
      • ‘It says less about the logic of reform than about the poverty of a debate that's strangled by interest groups and ideology on both sides.’
      • ‘Their interests diverge from ours, and their control over the network strangles our ability to communicate.’
      • ‘His family acquired wealth beyond their wildest dreams and a measure of power that still strangles the development of democracy in Chile.’
      • ‘In Wharton's world, other people and the rigid expectations of stratified society conspire to strangle individual happiness.’
      • ‘In the end, the fear of ideas strangles the drama, because it renders the film's protagonists' struggle to survive devoid of larger meaning.’
      • ‘The strategic struggle for Afghanistan was a fight to strangle the other's logistics.’
      hamper, hinder, impede, restrict, interfere with, inhibit, hold back, curb, check, restrain, constrain
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Middle English: shortening of Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulare, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē halter, related to strangos twisted.