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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.
See also: choke, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
See also: choke, off

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.
See also: choke, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: choke, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: choke, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Announcing the step, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said no more sanctions waivers would be granted when the current batch expire on May 2, choking off Iranian income that had been more than $50bn (PS38.5bn) a year.
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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.
He said: "Choking off the supply of weapons is a high priority.
Choking off supply will discourage students from staying here, and make it harder for the key workers of the future (such as nurses and bus drivers) to afford to live in the city.
LONDON: Weakness in the euro zone's major economies, such as Germany and France, risks choking off the growth emerging in countries that were at the forefront of the region's debt crisis, a closely monitored survey has indicated.
Thanks to him choking off growth for three years as chancellor, national debt has risen since May 2010 to PS1.4trillion - a 40 per cent increase.
President Barack Obama is due to chair a Security Council meeting on Wednesday on choking off the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria, by asking governments to adopt laws making it a serious crime to join jihad.
? INTEREST rates should be kept on hold until real-term wages finally begin to grow to avoid choking off the recovery, an economic forecasting group says.
By choking off the recovery, the Chancellor is now borrowing billions more than planned, as the costs of economic failure mount.
By establishing an economic review committee to look at all public spending, Johann is stating quite clearly that we cannot sustain quality services while choking off funding for them.
OLYMPICS bosses have been accused of "choking off" potential building work for firms who helped to make London 2012 happen.