strangle (something) at birth

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strangle (something) at birth

To stop the development or continuance of something at an early stage. I'm afraid the board may strangle this proposal at birth if the benefits are not carefully explained to them.
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We owe it to the 2,300 British volunteers who went to Spain and the 500 who never came back to strangle at birth any far-right attempts to resurrect it.
And anything less than three points will strangle at birth any hopes we have of reaching Russia in 2018.
With growth flat-lining everywhere else, this announcement actually threatens to strangle at birth the solar industry," she said.
The BBC's planned incursion into online news and video could strangle at birth these vital plans we have put in place to ensure our survival in the digital age.
He said: "There's nothing wrong with them being members, but involving them in policy is a conflict of interest, guaranteed to strangle at birth any change that's against the status quo.
Failure to extend the BES will strangle at birth the next wave of Irish technology start ups," he added.
However, the obvious antagonism between Sinn Fein and the Ulster Unionists is just one element of the disagreements which could strangle at birth the hopes of the assembly.