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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 ?
There's something in the fellow who thought of that, and something in his game; with one word he chokes off the million who answer an advertisement every day--when they can raise the stamp.
You have got to be very concerned that the best of intentions don't create a panoply of activity that chokes off the very energy and enthusiasm you are trying to encourage.
A joint statement issued by the four airlines said, 'APD is a self-defeating tax that pays for no environmental benefits, chokes off economic activity and cuts jobs.
If American society chokes off a branch of its community so that the only way for them to survive is to steal, and then on top of that gives them a stereotype that they're all thieves, then you never have to look at the source of the problem because you're always going to be focused on the scapegoat.
Untreated wastewater also contains nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous which can damage the marine environment by promoting excessive growth of algae that chokes off other life.
Unfortunately, stacking gear around the fan chokes off the air flow that's used to cool the interior of the vehicle.
If a misalignment chokes off the nerve supply to the various organs in the body, called subluxation, the machine detects it and Lemire realigns the bones.
Eutrophication stimulates toxic algae growth and chokes off the oxygen supply in the lakes, killing fish.
You can only let one area slip for so long before it chokes off the other two.
The more viscous layer chokes off and encapsulates the less viscous layer.
The customs offices should get serious and root out this corruption before it chokes off the rest of the trade vine.
The pest spreads Pierce's disease, a fungus that essentially chokes off the water supply of plants and kills them within a year of infection.
Some researchers now suspect that the virus chokes off the supply of new immune cells.
He added: "Taxi services in Dublin are currently organised in a way that chokes off demand and frustrates would-be users.
In addition, inflammation around the injury chokes off the surviving cells' blood supply.