[v] struggle for breath; have insufficient oxygen intake; "he swallowed a fishbone and gagged"
[v] constrict (someone's) throat and keep from breathing
[v] prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperilist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
[v] die from strangulation
[v] conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"
[v] kill by squeezing the throat of so as to cut off the air; "he tried to strangle his opponent"; "A man in Boston has been strangling several dozen prostitutes"
choke, cramp, gag, halter, hamper, muffle, repress, smother, stifle, strangulate, suffocate, throttle