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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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Brown, who has led the international effort to choke off funds to terrorist groups, is expected to tell MPs tomnorrow defeating them is still a top priority.
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If this buildup continues, the plaque can choke off the heart's blood supply and cause a heart attack.
By inhibiting VEGF, Avastin is designed to choke off the critical blood supply to tumors, interfering with their ability to grow and metastasize.
Opponents say the measures would effectively choke off any efforts the cities make to expand their limited economies.
He pledged more cash to help choke off the busiest drug route in the world - 80 per cent of the heroin seized in Britain is smuggled through the Khyber and on to Europe.
The oxidized LDL, says Gaziano, may damage cells lining the vessel walls, accelerating the plaque buildup that can choke off blood flow.
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