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throttle

noun [C] uk   /ˈθrɒt.l̩/ us    /ˈθrɑː.t̬l̩/
a valve which allows more or less fuel to go into an engine and so changes the power with which the engine operates

throttle

verb [T] uk   /ˈθrɒt.l̩/ us    /ˈθrɑː.t̬l̩/

throttle verb [T] (PRESS THROAT)

to press someone's throat very tightly so that they cannot breathe: informal Sometimes he annoys me so much that I could throttle him.

throttle verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent something from succeeding: The reduction in funds is throttling the development of new programmes.
Translations of “throttle”
in Spanish válvula reguladora, acelerador…
in French accélérateur, arrivée de gaz…
in German der Gashebel…
in Chinese (Traditional) 節流閥, 油門…
in Russian душить…
in Turkish boğmak, gırtlaklamak, gırtlağına çökmek…
in Chinese (Simplified) 节流阀, 油门…
in Polish dusić…
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