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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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The action has caused water shortage in many areas of the district while choking off drains.
Visa-free access to the EU - the main reward for Ankara's collaboration in choking off an influx of migrants into Europe - has been subject to delays due to a dispute over Turkish anti-terrorism legislation and Ankara's crackdown after a failed coup.
On the same issue, Britain and France also highlighted that sanctions had helped to restrict the development of nuclear weapons in Iran and were choking off funding for IS and Al-Qaida.
The main metering jet for the plane's carburettor had come loose, increasing the fuel flow and choking off power," said the report by America's National Transportation Safety Board.
Like a restored Bourbon monarch, the Chancellor has learned nothing from his previous mistakes of choking off recovery with his austerity cuts that destroy the disposable incomes of those at the base of our pyramid of consumerism who support the whole crumbling edifice, while giving them the double whammy of attacking their right to strike for a real living wage.
By choking off the recovery, the Chancellor is now borrowing billions more than planned, as the costs of economic failure mount.
But Locog is preventing the companies from advertising their achievements and choking off the huge export potential this would generate.
DUBLIN/ROME (TAP) - Europe's "no pain no gain" attitude to solving its sovereign crisis risks exacerbating the bloc's problems, choking off the very growth needed to raise the money to pay down the debt.
sanctions on Iran aimed at choking off Tehran's access to imports of refined petroleum products like jet fuel and curbing its access to the international banking system, Fars news agency reported.
But with the prospect of tougher rules to avoid a another financial crisis, he warned against choking off a recovery.
Summary: The Reserve Bank of Australia said there is a "risk of an early tightening choking off confidence and demand prematurely" if it raises its benchmark policy.
While the chemo attacks the cancer, the beads block the blood vessels, choking off the tumor's blood supply.
Legalities are one thing, but the real motivation for choking off access is obvious: Torture photos undermine support for the Iraq war.
Military Is Using Bullets And Ballots To Remake Iraq, Zinsmeister shows how young American soldiers are choking off a terrorist insurrection.
Given Washington's successful efforts in choking off domestic oil production--while encouraging the importation of refined petroleum--it should surprise nobody that our heavily regulated refinery industry has very limited capacity.