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choke off

1. To stop or prevent something from flowing normally. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "off." I was watering the flowers when Doug stepped on the hose and choked off the water supply.
2. To cause someone or something to have difficulty breathing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "off." Undo the baby's top button before it chokes off her air supply!
3. To stop someone abruptly while they are talking. A noun or pronoun can be used between "choke" and "off." I had to choke him off because his boring story was putting me to sleep.
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choke someone off

to prevent someone from continuing to talk. (A figurative use; does not imply physical choking.) The opposition choked the speakers' debate off before they finished. Why did they want to choke off the speakers?
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choke something off

 
1. Lit. to restrict or strangle a living creature's windpipe. The tight collar on the cat tended to choke its airstream off. The collar choked off its airstream.
2. Fig. to put an end to debate or discussion; to stop the flow of words from any source. Are they going to choke the debate off? The chair tried to choke off debate but failed.
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choke off

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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choke off

v.
To prevent or stop the free flow of something: High tariffs choked off trade between the two countries. The car accident in the middle of the road choked the traffic off, and no one could get through.
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References in classic literature ?
The weapon dropped from his grasp, and my fingers choked off his attempted cry for assistance.
What I like to find in Okeechobee and Florida lakes in general are areas that are not too thick and not (completely) choked off," Horton said.
Opposition groups control the eastern part of the city but have come under intense strain as the government choked off all routes to the area except a narrow and perilous passage to the northwest.
This is the kind of growth we could have seen two or three years ago if the Government had not choked off recovery through cuts, austerity and wage freezes.
But we mustn't be complacent about the health of our export sector, as there is always a danger that it could be choked off through a lack of working capital to fulfill orders.
But UK Shadow Treasury Minister Kerry McCarthy said: "The UK recovery was choked off well before the current uncertainty in the global economy.
The Assad regime has barred foreign journalists from entering Syria to report on the four-month-old uprising and last month choked off the Internet.
A new round of US and EU sanctions has very effectively choked off many potential suppliers to Iran, whose limited
business is being choked off by a financial system that lacks transparency and focuses on "low-value-added financial engineering" rather than seeking out the risky big idea.
The Conservatives will reduce the levels of debt more quickly than Labour so that our economic recovery is not choked off by the burden of debt and high interest rates.
So the supply of oil increased just as the recessions choked off the demand.
The "golden age" of drug development about 50 years ago may have been a legacy of the previous environment before gridlock set in--a small taste of what could have been possible with modern science, if it had not been choked off by a new golden age of overgrowth of patent rights and litigation.
That crisis was the result of a combination of high interest rates and changes to the mortgage system, both of which choked off credit for ordinary Colombians to buy homes.
I only cut trees that were dead of dying, or choked off from light.
It is a vitally important area of investigation that the Clinton administration choked off, and that state prosecutors should be pursuing vigorously.