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stifle
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The Hobbit
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  • Thorin had given a lot of trouble, and turned and twisted in his tub and grumbled like a large dog in a small kennel; while Balin, who came last, made a great fuss about his air-holes and said he was stifling, even before his lid was on.

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  • These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
  • The authorities cracked down in an attempt to stifle dissent.

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