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stifle
used in The Guardian

2 meanings, 7 uses
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1  —6 uses as in:
stifling the urge
Definition
to suppress (prevent something or decrease its development) — often political freedom
  • Stifling her panic, Jennifer focused on the body below her.
    Thirty-three (97% in)
stifling = suppressing (preventing something from developing further)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • In the corner, Mabel stifled a laugh.
    Three (30% in)
  • Julie stifled a laugh.
    Fifteen (77% in)
  • She felt the blood drain from her face, and she inhaled sharply, stifling part but not all of the sound with the back of her hand.
    Twenty-five (79% in)
  • He shook his head, stifling a yawn.
    Thirty-eight (27% in)
  • He whimpered again, and Julie stifled her cry.
    Forty-two (99% in)

There are no more uses of "stifle" flagged with this meaning in The Guardian.

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2  —1 use as in:
the heat is stifling
Definition
to make breathing difficult or impossible — often from heat or humidity
  • The air seemed thick and stifling.
    Thirty-nine (47% in)
stifling = making breathing more difficult — typically due to heat and humidity
There are no more uses of "stifle" flagged with this meaning in The Guardian.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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