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  • n. Plural form of smother.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of smother.


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  • Its courtyard is a sculpture garden, where the soothing burble of a fountain smothers the din of the Santa Monica Freeway.

    Re: Am I Blue? - Swampland -

  • (And it's perfectly obvious, rhetorically, that the Sebald and Bolano titles are intended here as * representative* of the small proportion of genuinely "good," interesting, or significant books that the corporate publishing monolith does indeed manage to put out while the system of which it is an expression smothers a more comprehensive development of good, interesting, and significant books.)


  • That pushes the burden onto others and unintentionally smothers small entrepreneurs.

    Ohio is spending $1.4 billion to attract jobs. Will it work?

  • Executed at the same time, as in this outing, the percussive piano smothers a singer's delicate consonants and compromises the audience's ability to hear the words.

    Rodney Punt: Schubert's Winterreise from Le Salon de Musiques

  • I think I'm qualified, given that I've one heroine who poisons cats, kills pregnant women, and smothers old men, and one hero who kills an infant among his other misdeeds.

    Writing Question: Unlikable Protagonists

  • He cries harder, but it gets softer, muffled as he smothers himself into his pillow.

    Angry Young Man

  • Part of this may be their coach, who smothers the media with an irrational bravado that puts most of the pressure on himself.

    The Imperfect, Irresistible Jets

  • Shine the light of wisdom into her befuddled brain before another millennium of darkness smothers this realm.

    Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer

  • The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America unleashed on it the last time Theroux passed through.

    Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux: Book summary

  • For half a mile, the beach is populated by palm-thatched palapa restaurants, every one of them offering the locally-famous seafood dish, rollo del mar: a thin-sliced wrap of white fish stuffed with shrimp, cheese and whatever other sea delight the chef had at hand that moment; a heavenly sauce smothers the roll.

    Mexico's endless Pacific beach: sun, surf, sand, seafood and solitude


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