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  • I stifled my laugh.
    stifled = suppressed
  • It is a stifling police state.
    stifling = making it difficult for people to express themselves freely
  • The book is so boring, it stifles whatever curiosity students bring to the class.
    stifles = suppresses
  • The authorities cracked down in an attempt to stifle dissent.
    stifle = suppress (prevent something or decrease its development)
  • I stifled a giggle.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (stopped)
  • Aria stifled a giggle.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (prevented from happening)
  • He leaned in toward me, seemingly incapable of stifling the smile.   (source)
    stifling = suppressing (preventing something from developing)
  • When I finally regain enough sense, I roll the leg back and forth on the ground, which stifles the worst of it.   (source)
    stifles = suppresses
  • She turns and must stifle a gasp.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent)
  • Roy stifled a laugh.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (held back)
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  • To his surprise, Ron stifled a snigger.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (prevented from continuing to develop)
  • The bus wasn't air-conditioned, and the hot, heavy air was almost as stifling as the handcuffs.   (source)
    stifling = suppressing or constraining (preventing something from happening)
  • At long last he was unencumbered, emancipated from the stifling world of his parents and peers, a world of abstraction and security and material excess, a world in which he felt grievously cut off from the raw throb of existence.   (source)
    stifling = suppressing (preventing something from developing further)
  • Panicking, Cole stifled a cough—he didn't dare cough.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (held back)
  • A large gray rat scuttled around the corner of the house and Meg let out a stifled shriek.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (prevented from continuing to develop)
  • Atticus tried to stifle a smile but didn't make it.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent)
  • Dodge, when present at these meetings, usually kept silent and listened to the exchange of strategies, disagreements over protocol, and interpretations of intel reports with stifled exasperation and anger: They were the self-proclaimed saviors of the queendom; they should have been engaging Redd in battle, not talking about it.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (held back)
  • She ached with her own stifled protests.   (source)
  • A stick snapped and he stifled a cough.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (stopped)
  • He had just stood there, not really trying to save himself, just stood there, joking, needling, thought Montag, and the thought was enough to stifle his sobbing and let him pause for air.   (source)
    stifle = stop
  • Mother can barely stifle a laugh, and I stare straight ahead.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent)
  • I heard Mina stifle a cry.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent from continuing to happen)
  • I'd stifle the curses rising in my throat and bite out, "Just don't do it again."   (source)
    stifle = suppress
  • I stifled a yawn, then looked at my watch.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (prevented something from happening)
  • she stifled a giggle   (source)
    stifled = to suppress (prevent something from happening)
  • Then I see Kantorek and am scarcely able to stifle my laughter.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent)
  • I tried to stifle these sensations; I thought that as I could not sympathize with him, I had no right to withhold from him the small portion of happiness which was yet in my power to bestow.   (source)
  • Thomas couldn't stifle his worry about what Newt was thinking.†   (source)
  • He knew that unless someone figured out some way of controlling it, the drug trade—and the epidemics of violent crime and untreated addiction it left in its wake— would stifle any hope for progress in the city.†   (source)
  • Even Rose had covered her mouth to stifle a laugh.†   (source)
  • He had to concentrate to stifle the cough and at the same time he was trying to listen.†   (source)
  • I cover my mouth to stifle a sob.†   (source)
  • The rain is good too: it will stifle the fires.†   (source)
  • "It's just that …." and I was trying hard to stifle my giggles, but one of them escaped through my nose with a snort, which made me laugh more.†   (source)
  • I stifle it in the folds of the hanging cloak, clench my eyes, from which tears are squeezing.†   (source)
  • The commons were hooting and pointing, the lords and ladies were trying to stifle their chuckles, and failing, and over it all Ned could hear King Robert laughing, louder than anyone.†   (source)
  • Cinder couldn't stifle a gasp of bewilderment at the sight of her.†   (source)
  • I turned my head away to stifle a wet, burbling sneeze.†   (source)
  • The minutes seem to swell around me, to stifle me with their sluggishness.†   (source)
  • Dart felt a bitter howl climbing in his throat and jammed the side of his thumb between his teeth to stifle it.†   (source)
  • Mulch had to stifle a giggle as he dropped the last two bars down the hole.†   (source)
  • I stifle the urge to go back to the window and assess my competition.†   (source)
  • I choked back the dread, the anxiety, tried to stifle it.†   (source)
  • I can't stifle a laugh at my own lame joke.†   (source)
  • T: I think you have reached the point where you cannot stifle the memories, whatever you wish to call them, any longer.†   (source)
  • He heard her stifle a sob.†   (source)
  • Some of them are shocked, some are trying to stifle grins.†   (source)
  • Having centralized American agriculture, the large agribusiness firms are now attempting, like Soviet commissars, to stifle criticism of their policies.†   (source)
  • The Communicators were to stifle any rumors.†   (source)
  • But he knew to stifle those words before they came up and out.†   (source)
  • And she worried that someday somebody would stifle Harriet's exuberance.†   (source)
  • I had to stifle a scream, because I'd seen that wolfish face before.†   (source)
  • But she had tears in her eyes, and had to stifle a fresh batch of giggles, which made the hungry man whose order she was taking look up from his menu, his thin lips pursed in silent disapproval.†   (source)
  • Patrick's head snaps back as one of them gags him to keep him from talking, and they do the same to Aida to stifle her screams.†   (source)
  • I covered my mouth to stifle a laugh.†   (source)
  • Her breath caught in her throat as she tried to stifle a sob.†   (source)
  • It was 2:45 in the morning, and she had to stifle the impulse to call Blomkvist.†   (source)
  • A spurt of flame escaped from between Saphira's teeth, and Eragon had to stifle a similar response in words.†   (source)
  • My mother tried to stifle me, but I was young and unthinking.†   (source)
  • At that, I really had to stifle Bree.†   (source)
  • I stifle a sob.†   (source)
  • Stifle it, Joe.†   (source)
  • The Fugees tried to stifle their smiles.†   (source)
  • She looks around at all the walls and ceilings and suddenly, despite herself, while the children call below, a great heaving thing rises in her and she puts her fist to her mouth to stifle it, takes a final desperate look, pulls her coat about her, pats her hat and goes out.†   (source)
  • I threw my hands up and tried to stifle a cough.†   (source)
  • There's no one around to stifle us.†   (source)
  • I try to stifle my laugh.†   (source)
  • I'm still trying to stifle a smile.†   (source)
  • The heat, by this time, was singeing my clothes, had caught Claudia's gossamer gown, so that I grabbed her up and ran down the passage trying to stifle the flames with my body.†   (source)
  • He looked like an ordinary bank employee, but Alba recognized him immediately and was unable to stifle the shout of joy that rose up from within her.†   (source)
  • If these secrets weren't enough to stifle conversation, we now had husbands and did things with them that were very embarrassing.†   (source)
  • I'm that far gone, aren't I? she thought and had to stifle a sob.†   (source)
  • The issue du jour involves "rubrics," or how the format of an assignment can favor the strengths of some students and highlight the weaknesses of others or, in any event, how it can stifle creativity.†   (source)
  • When he saw me, he put his hand over his mouth to stifle a cry.†   (source)
  • While I thought this was pretty impressive, my friends, some of whom had traveled Europe in a sideshow with Miss Peregrine, could hardly stifle their yawns.†   (source)
  • Maria Freeman is droning on again, and I stifle a yawn.†   (source)
  • Rumors, even true ones, are like flames: Stifle the oxygen and they sputter and die.†   (source)
  • Cesar's answer was intended to stifle, not provoke Angel's inquisitiveness, but it served only to encourage more questions.†   (source)
  • Still, the real and obvious intent was to stifle the Republican press, and of those arrested and convicted under the law, nearly all were Republican editors.†   (source)
  • He slammed his kneecap into her spine and her body arched up, causing his nails to cut into the side of her mouth to stifle her cry.†   (source)
  • On the run, he'd learned to stifle hunger, and now he often had to force himself to eat, even on days when he was feeling well.†   (source)
  • He jerked her closer, to stifle the sight and his own shudder.†   (source)
  • Jessica started to reply but stopped herself and then had to stifle a smile instead.†   (source)
  • Richter, banging her gavel to stifle the subsequent chatter.†   (source)
  • He tries to clamp his throat shut over it, to stifle the sound, but he cannot and he begins to sob, a high, helpless coughing sound.†   (source)
  • When she lifted up her desk top to put away her books, she could not stifle the scream.†   (source)
  • She put her hand over her mouth as if to stifle laughter, but her eyes, which were the blackest I had ever seen, so black that it was impossible to distinguish the pupils from the iris, were alarmed and bewildered.†   (source)
  • He had been so afraid of being caught, so exhilarated at his victory, and now lay trembling, trying to breathe calmly, trying to stifle laughter.†   (source)
  • But Paul Berlin kept giggling and bit his arm and tried to stifle it, but still remembering—"War's over, Billy," Doc Peret said, "that's a million-dollar wound."†   (source)
  • I heard her stifle a yawn.†   (source)
  • She clapped a hand to her mouth to stifle the cry of hurt and surprise, and he stepped past her, into the house.†   (source)
  • Only by snapping her teeth together did she stifle a scream of fear.†   (source)
  • Every five minutes or so she would stifle a yawn.†   (source)
  • She put her hand to her mouth to stifle a scream.†   (source)
  • Once we hear a stifled cry.   (source)
    stifled = suppressed (stopped)
  • When he presses himself down upon her long and powerfully, when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear of death by shell-fire, then she is his only friend, his brother, his mother; he stifles his terror and his cries in her silence and her security; she shelters him and releases him for ten seconds to live, to run, ten seconds of life; receives him again and often for ever.   (source)
    stifles = suppresses (stops)
  • Even now I weep to think that, borne down as you are by the cruellest misfortunes, you may stifle, by the word 'honour,' all hope of that love and happiness which would alone restore you to yourself.   (source)
    stifle = suppress (prevent)
  • I curled up there, trying to stifle the silly sobs against his hot skin.†   (source)
  • Venia shrieks right off, and even with the black cloud hanging over me, I have to stifle a laugh.†   (source)
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  • Her perfume was stifling.
  • The heat and humidity are stifling.
  • The air was hot and stifling.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing difficult -- typically due to heat and humidity
  • Sweating profusely day and night, training in the sun, unable to sleep in stifling hotel rooms and YMCAs, lacking any appetite, virtually every athlete lost a huge amount of weight.   (source)
  • It was stifling hot inside.   (source)
    stifling = so hot and humid that breathing is more difficult
  • I didn't know if it was the emptiness, the stifling heat, or the fact it was only nine o'clock, but I couldn't settle into sleep despite how tired I was.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult
  • In the summer's stifling heat, the room seemed airless and threatening.   (source)
    stifling = so hot and humid that breathing is more difficult
  • The disc of the sun was dull silver as though it were nearer and not so hot, yet the air stifled.   (source)
    stifled = made breathing difficult
  • The atmosphere is stifling, sluggish, leaden.   (source)
    stifling = (figuratively) making breathing difficult
  • Even across the gym, it seemed she could smell his stifling cologne.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult
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  • The air seemed thick and stifling.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult -- typically due to heat and humidity
  • And she was stooped and seemed to be finding it hard to breathe, as if the air of that place stifled her.   (source)
    stifled = made breathing difficult
  • But what really recalled her to him at this moment was the stifling heat of the afternoon, which had brought the sweat out on his forehead.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult
  • Home, home–a few small rooms, stiflingly over-inhabited by a man, by a periodically teeming woman, by a rabble of boys and girls of all ages.   (source)
    stiflingly = uncomfortable (figuratively, making breathing difficult)
  • The room was large and stifling, and, though it was already four o'clock, opening the windows admitted only a gust of hot shrubbery from the Park.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing difficult -- typically due to heat and humidity
  • It was as if a window were thrown open, admitting a freer atmosphere into the close and stifled study, where his life was wasting itself away, amid lamp-light, or obstructed day-beams, and the musty fragrance, be it sensual or moral, that exhales from books.   (source)
    stifled = stuffy (lacking fresh air that makes breathing easier)
  • ...and the sun's rays falling strongly into the parlour, instead of cheering, made her still more melancholy, for sunshine appeared to her a totally different thing in a town and in the country. Here, its power was only a glare: a stifling, sickly glare, serving but to bring forward stains and dirt that might otherwise have slept.   (source)
    stifling = (figuratively) making breathing difficult
  • Together they climbed the ladder into the dim, stifling tower room.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult or impossible; or so hot and humid that breathing is more difficult
  • The room stank of Jordan's suffocating cologne, stifling smoke, and fear.   (source)
  • It was stiflingly warm, and the fire that was burning under the crowded mantelpiece was giving off a heavy, sickly sort of perfume as it heated a large copper kettle.   (source)
    stiflingly = in a way that makes breathing difficult
  • Harry was also growing to dread the hours he spent in Professor Trelawney's stifling tower room, deciphering lopsided shapes and symbols, trying to ignore the way Professor Trelawney's enormous eyes filled with tears every time she looked at him.   (source)
    stifling = making breathing more difficult or impossible; or so hot and humid that breathing is more difficult
  • Then came Astronomy at midnight, up on the tallest tower; History of Magic on Wednesday morning, in which Harry scribbled everything Florean Fortescue had ever told him about medieval witch-hunts, while wishing he could have had one of Fortescue's choco-nut sundaes with him in the stifling classroom.   (source)
  • And ever, after such an outpouring, oh, what a relief have I witnessed in those sinful brethren! even as in one who at last draws free air, after a long stifling with his own polluted breath.   (source)
    stifling = (figuratively) making breathing difficult
  •   Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
      To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
      And there die strangled ere my Romeo comes?   (source)
    stifled = suffocated
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  • She'd got the window open, which was a mercy: otherwise the place would have been stifling.†   (source)
  • The mow, on a night that hot, would be stifling.†   (source)
  • Every evening, when the stifling heat lifted, we would sit outside on the swing, sipping cherry drinks or Pepsi and eating salted sunflower seeds.†   (source)
  • He let out a stifled scream.†   (source)
  • He stifles the thought.†   (source)
  • An onrushing sense of claustrophobia stifled him, compressed his lungs, as if water filled their cavities.†   (source)
  • The heat became stifling.†   (source)
  • In the stifling darkness, Silas prayed.†   (source)
  • On the familiar leafy path down to the water's edge, it was easy to imagine Peris stealing silently behind her, stifling laughter, ready for a night of spying on the new pretties.†   (source)
  • The girls here didn't care for me, the clothes were stifling, people were trying to hurt me, and the whole thing felt uncomfortable.†   (source)
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  • Several of the students stifled cries; Ron had thrown himself backward and almost toppled off his seat as the spider skidded toward him.†   (source)
  • One of the winged beasts dropped towards them, circled lower, and Bod made the call again, until it was stifled by hard hands clamping over his mouth.†   (source)
  • Pain rushes through my body in sharp bursts, but I try to ignore it, stifling a groan.†   (source)
  • The mountains trapped the bone-scorching heat, stifled the city like smoke.†   (source)
  • The air was thick with the scent of flowers, to the point that I found it almost stifling.†   (source)
  • Luke stifled a gasp.†   (source)
  • Suddenly Reynie stifled a laugh.†   (source)
  • I stifled an impulse to call after her, to warn her…. of what?†   (source)
  • There was a half-stifled scream and then a pistol shot.†   (source)
  • Rose let out a bark of laughter, which she quickly stifled.†   (source)
  • Celaena stifled a yawn.†   (source)
  • As Metias opens the door and steps inside, I can see some girls out in the hall stifling smiles behind their hands.†   (source)
  • The heat in the manger was stifling.†   (source)
  • She had ordered a roast for this evening and it would be too stifling to eat.†   (source)
  • Her brother, Ptolemus, even stifles a yawn.†   (source)
  • It was stifling.†   (source)
  • Paper airplanes, loud belches, high-pitched, ghostly moans followed by stifled giggles—it drives Mr. Curran mad that he cannot pick out one boy to punish for all this.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I stifled a laugh.†   (source)
  • As Ned looked to him, Lord Petyr stifled a yawn.†   (source)
  • Every one of them was stifling a sob.†   (source)
  • No, cold winds to blow this stifling heat away.†   (source)
  • With a heavy sigh, she peeled the stifling gloves from her hands and slipped them into her pocket.†   (source)
  • Stifling," he said.†   (source)
  • The woman in the green dress clapped her hand over Fayge's mouth, stifling the scream, pulling her onto the sandy floor.†   (source)
  • The man stifled a very slight yawn and continued.†   (source)
  • Piper stifled a laugh.†   (source)
  • Stifling a cough.†   (source)
  • The walls press closer and the heat is stifling.†   (source)
  • He somehow stifled the cry that rose in his throat.†   (source)
  • Danny asked, and at this they both stifled great bursts of laughter.†   (source)
  • I stifled a laugh.†   (source)
  • Noah stifled a laugh while sliding my water toward me.†   (source)
  • He stifled a sneeze.†   (source)
  • "It's definitely dark, Ma!" they'd shout, stifling their giggles.†   (source)
  • He turned then, with a mocking smile, and I stifled a gasp.†   (source)
  • They worked at night, in rain, in stifling heat.†   (source)
  • Will summer be warm and rich and liberating or hot and dusty and stifling?†   (source)
  • The dominance of the Circle stifles competition and is dangerous to our way of free-market capitalism.†   (source)
  • It has no sheets, and because the roof windows do not open the room is stifling.†   (source)
  • I looked up, stifling a smile.†   (source)
  • Y.T. wraps the pictures up just the way they were, puts them back in her pocket, stifles a smile, returns to business matters.†   (source)
  • Another hand stifled her cry of alarm.†   (source)
  • Lindy stifled a yawn.†   (source)
  • Until the day he died, even in the stifling Ayemenem heat, every single day Pappachi wore a well-pressed three-piece suit and his gold pocket watch.†   (source)
  • Clary stifled a gasp as he rose.†   (source)
  • It got everywhere, stifling people who had shut themselves up in cellars or their flats, keeping as far as possible from the street.†   (source)
  • Stifled, restless, hungry.†   (source)
  • Simmon managed, his voice sounding like a stifled sob.†   (source)
  • 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!"†   (source)
  • Instead of the screeching of the parrots and the riotous noise of invisible monkeys, which at one time had intensified the stifling midday heat, all that was left was the vast silence of the ravaged land.†   (source)
  • Jessica saw the motion, stifled an outcry.†   (source)
  • His creative intelligence, stifled by too much theory and too many grades in college, would now become reawakened by the boredom of the shop.†   (source)
  • I remember it being stifling that day, even though we had the fan rattling behind us.†   (source)
  • We lingered in silence, stifling giggles.†   (source)
  • How did I know that someday-at college, in Europe, somewhere, anywhere-the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn't descend again?†   (source)
  • She lay beside Saeed, falling asleep, but not craving his hands or his mouth on her body—stifled, as if Saeed were becoming her brother, though never having had a brother she was unsure what that term meant.†   (source)
  • Gradually, the cool air receded and it was stifling again.†   (source)
  • The woman had kindly asked Salander how things were going, and she seemed satisfied with the stifled silence she received in reply.†   (source)
  • The throne seemed blocks away, and now the dress was stifling me.†   (source)
  • Or-as Lacy would have said, English, Lewis-for every person like himself who liked the worn grooves of the familiar, there was another person who found it stifling.†   (source)
  • "Uh, no thanks," Paco says, stifling a laugh.†   (source)
  • Vivaldo was close to him, stroking his head; the stuff of Vivaldo's sweater stifled him.†   (source)
  • Death wrapped itself around me till I was stifled.†   (source)
  • The shed is stifling suddenly, hot and close, and I'm across the floor and out the door.†   (source)
  • Luma nodded in thanks and stifled a smile.†   (source)
  • David watched with a rush of longing and with a sudden memory of his own sister, the two of them hiding under the kitchen table, peeking through the folds of oilcloth, stifling their laughter.†   (source)
  • The air in the dark burrow was stifling.†   (source)
  • The poverty--the unwashed children pointing sullenly at his new shoes, the familias slouching in hovels--was familiar and stifling.†   (source)
  • Her face paled even more and she stifled a little sob.†   (source)
  • In the summer, the cars were stiflingly hot because none were air-conditioned.†   (source)
  • Stifling.†   (source)
  • The long, hot days at the foot of the hills did seem to the mountain-bred creature interminable and stifling.†   (source)
  • It's stifling in here.†   (source)
  • IT WAS SUNDAY and an unusually warm evening for October eighth, so Daniel "Peg Leg" Sullivan left his stifling little house in the West Side of Chicago and went to visit neighbors.†   (source)
  • WITHIN THL stifling women's unit, Crystal "the mayor" made an effort to maintain a faint semblance of prison protocol.†   (source)
  • I stifled a snort of my own in the silence that followed.†   (source)
  • Mancuso stifled a groan.†   (source)
  • The night was stifling and Jake so sandy that by the time he got through there was so much dirt in the bed that they might as well have been wallowing around on the ground.†   (source)
  • "I thought it would be stifling hot," Esther said.†   (source)
  • It seems to have been a good life, but the East stifled Howard.†   (source)
  • The new maid turns away, but I can see her slender shoulders bobbing from her stifled laughter.†   (source)
  • The night air seemed even more stifling than it had been during the day when the temperature had hovered in the nineties with a matching humidity level.†   (source)
  • ""We don't pay bribes and we're not going to start," Mortenson said, stifling a yawn so as not to offend Parvi.†   (source)
  • I stifled a gasp.†   (source)
  • I nod, and she stifles her own smile and continues in a more appropriate direction.†   (source)
  • The air grew hot and stifling, but it was not foul, and at times they felt currents of cooler air upon their faces, issuing from half-guessed openings in the walls.†   (source)
  • "Oh, Chris, no." I stifled a sob.†   (source)
  • A vampire hand lifted now to the grinning skull, as the stage was finally clear, as if stifling a yawn.†   (source)
  • It was just one square room, in which I had arranged all my belongings, with a crude window in each wall so that by day the stifling desert air would have a chance to circulate, and with shutters to keep out the glacial wind that blew at night.†   (source)
  • The heat pressed heavily on the roof, stifling sound.†   (source)
  • I stifled a smile.†   (source)
  • Stifling a yawn, I hung my coat over the back of my desk chair and moved over to my bed.†   (source)
  • It isn't true I wanted to shout, but my voice stifled in my throat.†   (source)
  • The hothouse scent stifled her breathing.†   (source)
  • The sidewalks of Williamsburg were cracked squares of cement, the streets paved with asphalt that softened in the stifling summers and broke apart into potholes in the bitter winters.†   (source)
  • Chelise lifted her free hand to her lips and stifled a cry.†   (source)
  • The heat was stifling, and the men's T-shirts had already absorbed all the sweat their bodies had to yield.†   (source)
  • A lot has occurred about which I wasn't told; something that had not only stifled the members' interest but which, according to the records, had sent them away in droves.†   (source)
  • "I want to learn trouserman," he said as they sat down to rest before going back inside the stifling, smelly heat of the wreck yet again.†   (source)
  • His father worked for dusty, stifling decades in the cotton mill.†   (source)
  • It was always a little stifling for me here.†   (source)
  • On resuming his seat in Congress, at the climax of debate over Adams's preamble, Jefferson had felt as nearly unsuited for the business at hand as for the stifling city climate.†   (source)
  • On the landing, Elizabeth Bradford stifled a snort.†   (source)
  • Stifling hot and humid.†   (source)
  • Even a monster's blood-lust can be stifled by such talk.†   (source)
  • She smiled at Etta and Mattie, but something in their faces stifled it.†   (source)
  • His school uniform felt hot and stifling.†   (source)
  • When we crossed the Mubarazi River, Deo made a sound like a stifled cry.†   (source)
  • The car windows are open just enough to take the edge off the stifling humidity.†   (source)
  • A s SOON as— we push through the club's double doors, we're out of the stifling heat and noise.†   (source)
  • But you stifled, negated, betrayed it.†   (source)
  • Lee stifled a bitter answer.†   (source)
  • In winter it is cold; in summer, stiflingly hot.†   (source)
  • The class laughed nervously, but it was laughter instantly stifled by Reynolds's imperious glare.†   (source)
  • All of a sudden the house seemed unbearably small and stifling.†   (source)
  • It would be stifled and lost.†   (source)
  • His people were meant to live in the wide expanses of the open tundra, and he was relieved to be out of the stifling closeness of the dwarven-made caverns.†   (source)
  • Boomer had opted for closed, and had trapped stifling summer inside.†   (source)
  • He stared over at Franny's prostrate, face-down position on the couch, and heard, probably for the first time, the only partly stifled sounds of anguish coming from her.†   (source)
  • During the daytime the heat was so stifling and oppressive that I could understand why this city waited anxiously for night.†   (source)
  • She leaned against the desk, face averted, shoulders quivering, one hand stifling the sounds erupting from her mouth.†   (source)
  • I heard stifled chuckles of approval from behind me.†   (source)
  • "This stifles your really creative engineer," Koteks said, adding bitterly, "wherever he may be."†   (source)
  • Sophie stifled a cry and blinded her sight with her hands.†   (source)
  • ANNIE falls to her knees by the bed, stifling her mouth in it.†   (source)
  • Laugh of Vladimir, stifled as before, less the smile.†   (source)
  • The heat became stifling and the breath came heavy in our lungs.†   (source)
  • Once the Navy freed me from the sexually stifling atmosphere in which I'd been growing up, the madness of that mania clamped me in a terrible grip.†   (source)
  • Nothing, to me, would have been more stifling.†   (source)
  • I stifled a yawn.†   (source)
  • There were stifled titters all over the room, and the applause pattered again for Lena's fiftieth verse, and Jaybird Kelsey ducked his head, embarrassed.†   (source)
  • He towered high above his fellow teachers and complained that he felt stifled among them.†   (source)
  • Hannah stifled a laugh and Joel did not.†   (source)
  • "It will not be long before the harvest," Nathan would murmur, and I would agree with him, stifling the query whether our strength would last till then, saying, "Ah yes, not long now; only a little time before the grain is ripe."†   (source)
  • TYRONE In a stifled voice.†   (source)
  • We seek order, we seek unity, but we will not accept the peace of stifled rights or the order imposed by fear, or the unity that stifles protest--for peace cannot be purchased at the cost of liberty.†   (source)
  • It pressed downward, by some trick of the eye, oppressive, stifling, deadly.†   (source)
  • "How dare you!" she said, her voice stifled.†   (source)
  • He comes at last, with a stifled groan as of relief.†   (source)
  • As the stifling confine began to smother him, he felt a welling of intensified panic.†   (source)
  • Without responding, he ran after Minho, entering the dark and stifling Berg.†   (source)
  • And with that comforting idea, sleep rolled over him, stifling all further thought.†   (source)
  • The kid had quit shaking, and his sobs had calmed to a stifled whimper.†   (source)
  • Her shoulder shifted slightly, and she stifled her scream of pain.†   (source)
  • High above Silas, in the balcony, Sister Sandrine stifled a gasp.†   (source)
  • Hermione stifled a little moan behind her hand.†   (source)
  • She stifled an urge to keep asking, to keep picking around the edges of the thing.†   (source)
  • One of the links bisected the man's mouth like a horse's bit, stifling his cries for help.†   (source)
  • The atmosphere in the house was stifling.†   (source)
  • Who's to say I won't end up feeling exactly the way I do right now not safe, but stifled?†   (source)
  • The smell of blood and ink was stifling.†   (source)
  • Tired, their strength sapped from the stifling weather, he and his mother finally head home.†   (source)
  • Until a football boy stifled a groan, the silence was utter.†   (source)
  • George and Rameck stifled their laughter.†   (source)
  • "How noble," Mr. D said, stifling a yawn.†   (source)
  • The train suddenly seems stifling and I'm definitely queasy now.†   (source)
  • The sun was reaching a point where it would become dangerous, the heat stifling.†   (source)
  • "We'll have to try again tomorrow," Kate said finally, stifling a yawn.†   (source)
  • "Where does she live, then?" asked Meggie, stifling a yawn.†   (source)
  • After what seemed like hours, Meg stifled a scream.†   (source)
  • Noah either choked on his own spit or stifled a laugh.†   (source)
  • The weather remained stifling, as if taunting him.†   (source)
  • Even so, it was stifling under the sandsilk as Irri and Doreah helped Dany walk Drogo inside.†   (source)
  • The mousy-haired girl clamps her hand over her mouth and stifles a sob.†   (source)
  • The garage had no windows and was stiflingly hot.†   (source)
  • Even when it grew warm and stifling and filled with smoke, there was no reprieve.†   (source)
  • He checked their stifles and hocks and he commented on their gait.†   (source)
  • Ron made a stifled noise somewhere between a snort and a sniff and hastily took a gulp of tea.†   (source)
  • "I can understand you feeling a little stifled around here," Chronicler said.†   (source)
  • CINDER SLUMPED DOWN AT HER WORK DESK, RELIEVED TO finally be out of that stifling apartment.†   (source)
  • He is considerably older than she, closely associated with the stifling Euro-AngloAmerican society.†   (source)
  • The stifling weight of his power threatens to drag me down.†   (source)
  • The heat rose up from the concrete floor, stifling in the cramped space.†   (source)
  • After a long moment of hot, stifling silence, the king puts a hand on Cal's shoulder.†   (source)
  • Constance's stifled voice called out, "Good grief!†   (source)
  • Stifling a murderous rage, she refused on the grounds of exhaustion.†   (source)
  • " "Well, of course, Homer," Mom replied, not entirely successful at stifling a laugh.†   (source)
  • A stifling blanket pressed down on Eragon from all directions, smothering his thoughts.†   (source)
  • His stifled sobs finally faded into an occasional hitched breath, and eventually he fell asleep.†   (source)
  • The rain of the past week has stopped at last; now it's stiflingly close.†   (source)
  • The air was stifling, and sweat had moistened every last inch of Thomas's body.†   (source)
  • He leaned on one elbow and stifled his frustration.†   (source)
  • Her lips trembled even more, and her chest lurched with what could only be a stifled sob.†   (source)
  • The hot weather has returned and the carriage is stifling today, despite being only half full.†   (source)
  • The cold-soft-sky-water was soothing against Glaedr's limbs after the stifling heat of combat.†   (source)
  • She stifled the cry that rose to her lips.†   (source)
  • Underneath the hoods the heat was intense, and the air stifling.†   (source)
  • I raised my head an inch, stifling another moan, to see what he saw.†   (source)
  • As soon as Sam realized where the video had started, she stifled a yelp.†   (source)
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