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  • verb Present participle of smother.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat


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  • •Now we know Tony is bad — as in smothering-poor-Larry-to-death bad — and wasn't that a fabulous final twist on 24 (Fox, 9 ET/PT).

    Critic's Corner Monday

  • San Jose's relentless offensive pressure was at least as important as its defense in smothering the defending Eastern Conference champions.

  • Let it wither like an aborted foetus of the human family if it persists in smothering the minds and sinews which constitute its authentic being.

    Wole Soyinka - Nobel Lecture

  • He also recalled smothering Yengeni with a wet bag shortly after his arrest.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I'm seeing it a little differently ... rather than "smothering" their voices, I'm hoping they'll just burn themselves out ...

    It's Official: Obama Camp Encouraged Hillary's Name To Be Placed In Nomination

  • Some sociologists point the finger at recent trends in playdates and close parental supervision (known in some quarters as "smothering").

    Joel Schwartzberg: Is Hugging Bad for Teens?

  • Ellyn, what is the psychological profile of someone that crushes a child ` s skull as opposed to a, quote, "soft kill," such as smothering him?

    CNN Transcript Sep 1, 2009

  • But what experience has taught us over the past few years is that the only effective means of stopping the "smothering" of the other two branches is the prospect of judicial review.


  • There were no clouds, so at least the starlight would stave off the kind of smothering, total blackness he hated most, the kind where he couldn't even see up from down-that was the worst.

    The Pillars of Creation

  • A parent taking too keen an interest in the children's lives was said to be "smothering" them, and probably spoiling them, too.

    WASN'T THE GRASS GREENER A Curmudgeon's Fond Memories


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