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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.
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