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suffocatingadjective

uk   /ˈsʌf.ə.keɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /-t̬ɪŋ/

suffocating adjective (NO AIR)

informal Something that is suffocating makes you feel uncomfortably hot or unable to breathe: I've got to open the window - it's suffocating in here! suffocating smoke/fumes

suffocating adjective (PREVENTING)

preventing something or someone from improving or developing in a positive way: The book tells the story of a woman escaping from a suffocating marriage. It is a land of antiquated social rules and suffocating traditions.
Translations of “suffocating”
in Chinese (Traditional) 憋氣的, 悶熱的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 憋气的, 闷热的…
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