choke off

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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.
I'll help my father up." Flabbergasted me--to be choked off like this.
The current one is in crisis after the Tories choked off funding to councils.
"You could have the right reed heads that are choked off with Kissimmee grass or hydrilla, or you could have the right eel grass that's choked off with hydrilla.
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.
But their supply route is being choked off by the crisis at Calais, where migrants are trying to storm the Channel Tunnel in a bid to get to the UK.
THE supply of skilled workers from overseas is in danger of being "choked off" under the Government's immigration policies, a former cabinet minister has warned.
The move comes with Kurdish authorities in Erbil and the central government locked in a row over energy exports in which Baghdad has choked off funds to the northern region, draining its reserves.
"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.
Labour said Chancellor George Osborne had "choked off" the recovery and that the UK-wide 0.1% rise in unemployment could not be blamed on the crisis in the Eurozone.
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.
Sadly, Bates suffered from growing mental and emotional problems, and they choked off her career.