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Strangle, to choke, to kill by stopping respiration: “--ing a snake,” LLL V, 1, 142. V, 2, 595. “the smallest thread will serve to s. thee,” John IV, 3, 129. H4A II, 4, 547. H6B II, 3, 8. III, 2, 170. R3 IV, 4, 138. Rom. IV, 3, 35 (== to suffocate). Oth. IV, 1, 220.
Metaphorically, == to hinder from appearance, to suppress, to extinguish: “I will acquaintance s. and look strange,” Sonn. 89, 8. “it is the baseness of thy fear that makes thee s. thy propriety,” Tw. V, 150 (disown what thou art). “s. such thoughts,” Wint. IV, 4, 47. “vapours that did seem to s. him,” H4A I, 2, 227 (i. e. the sun). “he has --d his language in his tears,” H8 V, 1, 157. “--s our dear vows even in the birth of our own labouring breath,” Troil. IV, 4, 39. “dark night --s the travelling lamp,” Mcb. II, 4, 7.
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