Stifle

Stifle [ STAHY-fuh'l ]
 noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr. v.) to crush or subdue
2. (tr. v.) to end by force or suppress
3. (tr. v.) to smother or kill by blocking respiration
4. (intr. v.) to become suffocated or to suffer from difficulty in breathing
5. (n.) the joint between the femur and the tibia in a quadruped
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The army was brought in to stifle the rebellious peasants.

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