Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To kill by squeezing the throat so as to choke or suffocate; throttle.
  • transitive v. To cut off the oxygen supply of; smother.
  • transitive v. To suppress, repress, or stifle: strangle a scream.
  • transitive v. To inhibit the growth or action of; restrict: "That artist is strangled who is forced to deal with human beings solely in social terms” ( James Baldwin).
  • intransitive v. To become strangled.
  • intransitive v. To die from suffocation or strangulation; choke.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To kill someone by squeezing the throat so as to cut off the oxygen supply; to choke, suffocate or throttle.
  • v. To stifle or suppress an action.
  • v. To be killed by strangulation, or become strangled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be strangled, or suffocated.
  • transitive v. To compress the windpipe of (a person or animal) until death results from stoppage of respiration; to choke to death by compressing the throat, as with the hand or a rope.
  • transitive v. To stifle, choke, or suffocate in any manner.
  • transitive v. To hinder from appearance; to stifle; to suppress.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To choke by compression of the windpipe; kill by choking; throttle.
  • To suppress; keep from emergence or appearance; stifle.
  • To suffocate by drowning. Defoe.
  • To be choked or strangled.
  • n. Strangulation.
  • n. plural An infectious catarrh of the upper air-passages, especially the nasal cavity, of the horse, ass, and mule, associated with suppuration of the submaxillary and other lymphatic glands.
  • n. In wrestling, a hold by which the wrestler's breathing is hampered.

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

  • v. struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake
  • v. prevent the progress or free movement of
  • v. die from strangulation
  • v. constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
  • v. conceal or hide
  • v. kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English stranglen, from Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulāre, from Greek strangalan, from strangalē, halter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French estrangler, from Latin strangulo, from Ancient Greek στραγγαλᾶν (strangalan, "to strangle"), from στραγγάλη (strangalē, "a halter"); compare στραγγός (strangos, "twisted").

Examples

  • Midway through the session, one large trader pursued a "strangle" -- buying November $105 calls and November $60 puts.

    Traders Wager on Financials; A 'Strangle' on Goldman

  • Employing a strategy known as a "strangle," traders bought both calls and puts expiring in August.

    Gold 'Fear' Traders Turn to Gold Miners

  • A large position known as a "strangle" in AMR 's options also traded.

    Bulls Have QE2 Jitters

  • Setting up a trade known as a "strangle," an investor purchased 2,500 puts that grant the right to sell shares for $49 by next month, as well as calls that grant the right to buy shares for $50 by the same expiry.

    Greek Austerity Vote Deflates VIX

  • In March contracts, traders were taking a so-called strangle trade, a combination of call and put options at different strike prices.

    Financial Woes Stir Citigroup, J.P. Morgan

  • Midway through the session, a large trader appeared to have sold a "strangle" -- selling an equal number of November $27 calls and November $24 puts -- and simultaneously bought January $25 puts.

    Cisco, Dell Attract Bullish Bets

  • Sometimes it's called strangle weed because it kills the plant it grows on.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Selling a strangle is an ideal way to make money as they settle.

  • Selling a strangle is a bet that the shares won't move beyond either strike price before expiration, allowing the seller to keep what the buyer paid.

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  • The government's planning and housing policies are a "nimbys 'charter" set to "strangle" the self-build sector, says one of Britain's self-build experts.

    Self-build homes face a new set of obstacles

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