strangle (something) at birth

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strangle (something) at birth

To stop the development or continuance of something at an early stage. I'm afraid the board may strangle this proposal at birth if the benefits are not carefully explained to them.
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Win on Saturday, says Snodgrass, and Scotland can demand to be taken seriously again as genuine contenders for World Cup qualification despite struggling through a campaign which appeared to have been pretty much strangled at birth.
ON Saturday Ryan Shotton returns to the ground where his Birmingham City career was almost strangled at birth - and does so as arguably Gary Rowett's best signing of the summer.
He added that if Cameron had listened to him back then, ISIS would have effectively been strangled at birth.
The only point of substance publicly aired before Donaldson's wet squib - namely the creation of a bilingual population, an idea incidentally which enjoys majority national support (Western Mail, November 10, 2014) - was predictably strangled at birth.
I was the anonymous architect of the North Regional Councils Association, now ANEC, in the 80s - anonymous because while there is a strong sense of regional identity the North East was then, and to an extent still is, somewhat tribal, and a visibly Newcastle-led initiative might have been strangled at birth.
In some cases, you thank the gods of light entertainment that some shows were strangled at birth.
WHILE Greg Dyke's dozy B League proposal may have been strangled at birth, the problem of young English footballers being handed insufficient first-team action or remains.
That two thirds of those affected by the tax are disabled is a shocking indictment of a policy that ought to have been strangled at birth.
He may yet decide this is one legacy project that should be strangled at birth.
Please if we ever get an elected Mayor, these kind of projects would be looked at and strangled at birth and rate-payers money would not be wasted on pointless exercises.
But he said: "At the outset, I'd cheerfully have seen this Bill strangled at birth, but that would be problematic now.
Community Asset Transfer heralds a new dawn, but the initiative risks being strangled at birth by the dire financial plight that public bodies face.
Abdel-Baqi said that this serial would have been strangled at birth by the censors, had he made it before the revolution.
Even though there is a precedent for clubs 'in distress' to operate outside the window, Premier League chairmen demanded that the proposal was strangled at birth.
That one seems to have been strangled at birth by those who quickly pointed out that while fans may flock in their droves to watch Arsenal play Manchester United in the Far East, they wouldn''t even trickle in to get a glimpse of Stoke v Hull anywhere but Stoke and Hull.