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smothering

adjective

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smothering

verb
present participle of smother

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1 to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air
  • children should never play inside discarded appliances because they could become trapped and smother

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2 to refrain from openly showing or uttering
  • he quickly smothered his inappropriate laughter at the funeral ceremony

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“Smothering.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/smothering. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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