suffocating :

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suh fuh kay ting

  • v  deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing
  • v  impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    The foul air was slowly suffocating the children
  • v  become stultified, suppressed, or stifled
    He is suffocating--living at home with his aged parents in the small village
  • v  suppress the development, creativity, or imagination of
  • v  be asphyxiated; die from lack of oxygen
  • v  feel uncomfortable for lack of fresh air
    The room was hot and stuffy and we were suffocating
  • v  struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • s  causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat
    the room was suffocating--hot and airless

  • If the decade of the '50s had the suffocating "smell of the middle class," as Gloria Steinem, 34, says with distaste, then it was an odor that most Americans seemed to like.
  • A country that doesn't allow women that kind of freedom is suffocating for us.
  • In this confined and often suffocating place, it was still possible, though never easy, to breathe the love of God as a gay Catholic.
News & Articles

  • Sarin Gas Used in Syria Blocks Body's 'Off Switch'
    Sarin, a chemical weapon that U.S. officials say has been used by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the country's ongoing civil war, blocks the "off switch" for muscles and glands, paralyzing and suffocating its victims by exhausting their bodies, experts say.        
    June 14, 2013 - ABC News
  • Michigan man uses turkey baster to rescue baby
    By KATE STANTON, A resourceful Michigan man named Bill Hogenson used a turkey baster to clear a suffocating infant's nasal passage.
    June 14, 2013 - UPI
  • Stunning Images From China: Ten Thousand People Waiting In Line To Buy Gold
    Sometimes one must see to believe, in this case believe just how massive the raw demand for the shiny, barbarous relic is in China during times of relative monetary stability (in this case the Dragon Boat Festival) . Now assume runaway inflation as we saw in 2011 China, which may be unleashed by something as catalytic as the PBOC once again deciding to inject liquidity in its suffocating banking ...
    June 14, 2013 - Zero Hedge

  • Olli Rehn in BusinessWeek
    The current economic circumstances call for a decisive fiscal consolidation, while not suffocating the nascent economic recovery,EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said in a statement issued today in Brussels. "The...
  • Maurice Cheeks in Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
    No way did I anticipate a night like this,Philadelphia coach Maurice Cheeks said. "I didn't think they'd continue to make shots, but they did. We just never got a run, their defense was suffocating."
  • Charles Grassley in Guardian Unlimited
    Grassley said that lifting what some Republicans deemed "suffocating income limits" in the House plan was a key reason he was backing the bill.

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