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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: estrangler, from Latin strangulare; STRANGULATION

strangle

verb
     
stran‧gle [transitive]
1 to kill someone by pressing their throat with your hands, a rope etc [↪ choke]
strangle with
The victim had been strangled with a belt.
2 to limit or prevent the growth or development of something:
Mills argues that high taxation strangles the economy.
strangler noun [countable]

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