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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: throat

throttle

1 verb
     
throt‧tle1 [transitive]
1 to kill or injure someone by holding their throat very tightly so that they cannot breathe [= strangle]:
He grabbed her by the throat and began throttling her.
2 to make it difficult or impossible for something to succeed:
policies which are throttling many Asian economies

throttle back

phrasal verb
TTC to reduce the amount of fuel flowing into an engine, in order to reduce its speed

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