suffocating 1 of 2

as in close
lacking fresh air inside the bunker it was suffocating, and some of the men had already passed out

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suffocating

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verb

present participle of suffocate
1
as in strangling
to be or cause to be killed by lack of breathable air the law requires the owner of a discarded refrigerator to remove its door so that a child won't get trapped inside and suffocate

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as in choking
to keep (someone) from breathing by exerting pressure on the windpipe temporarily suffocated by the seat belt

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3
as in vomiting
to experience complete or partial blockage of the windpipe suffocating in the thick, black smoke of the burning building

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“Suffocating.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/suffocating. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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