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  • These excessive rules that stifle creativity.
  • The authorities cracked down in an attempt to stifle dissent.
  • The book is so boring, it stifles whatever curiosity students bring tot he class.
  • It is a stifling police state.

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  • It was a hot, humid, stifling day.
  • Panicking, Cole stifled a cough—he didn’t dare cough.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Aria stifled a giggle.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • I’d stifle the curses rising in my throat and bite out, "Just don’t do it again."
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • And she was stooped and seemed to be finding it hard to breathe, as if the air of that place stifled her.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • Even across the gym, it seemed she could smell his stifling cologne.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire

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  • ...they both had to stifle their laughs as Professor Trelawney gazed in their direction.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • I stifled a giggle.
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • I heard Mina stifle a cry.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • The bus wasn’t air-conditioned, and the hot, heavy air was almost as stifling as the handcuffs.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • Stifling her panic, Jennifer focused on the body below her.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • Theresa put her hand to her mouth to stifle her scream, but it was still loud enough that the people at the nearby tables turned their heads.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Message in a Bottle
  • Sometimes a squeak of fear from someone, sometimes a stifled snigger.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • I stifled a yawn, then looked at my watch.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • We stifled our laughs.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • she stifled a giggle
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • Gradually, the cool air receded and it was stifling again.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Faris and Dex trade a skeptical glance, and I stifle a curse.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I make my best attempt to stifle the smile that is trying to take over my face.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • The room is stifling, spinning faster than before.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • His stifled sobs finally faded into an occasional hitched breath, and eventually he fell asleep.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • She turns and must stifle a gasp.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Tired, their strength sapped from the stifling weather, he and his mother finally head home.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Miss Milhouse would have scolded Harriet soundly; she would have taken it as her personal mission to stifle the little girl’s exuberant personality.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • The media had resurrected my first name, which I’d hated since grade school, stifled at the start of every school year when the teacher called roll: "It’s Nick, I go by Nick!"
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I covered my face, stifling a yawn.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Brian stifled a wail, his body gradually growing still.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Clary stifled a cry.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • She slumped to the ground and curled up with a blanket, stifling some sobs.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • They sat in the car together with the windows down, the air warm and sticky but not stifling.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Rumors, even true ones, are like flames: Stifle the oxygen and they sputter and die.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Every one of them was stifling a sob.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • The dominance of the Circle stifles competition and is dangerous to our way of free-market capitalism.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • The middle of Borneo: The Stifling Waste.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • Emma made frequent and passionate arguments as to why I should stay, none of which acknowledged the life I would be abandoning (however meager it seemed), or how the sudden inexplicable disappearance of their only child might affect my parents, or the stifling suffocation that Emma herself had admitted feeling inside the loop.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • WITHIN THL stifling women’s unit, Crystal "the mayor" made an effort to maintain a faint semblance of prison protocol.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Simmon managed, his voice sounding like a stifled sob.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • All of a sudden the house seemed unbearably small and stifling.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A s SOON as— we push through the club’s double doors, we’re out of the stifling heat and noise.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Her breath caught in her throat as she tried to stifle a sob.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • The heat rose up from the concrete floor, stifling in the cramped space.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Even Rose had covered her mouth to stifle a laugh.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Out of My Mind
  • The air was thick with the scent of flowers, to the point that I found it almost stifling.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The cabin began to feel stifling.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • "We’ll have to try again tomorrow," Kate said finally, stifling a yawn.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • She ached with her own stifled protests.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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