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Thread #132499   Message #4067993
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
11-Aug-20 - 11:26 AM
Thread Name: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Subject: RE: BS: Language Pet Peeves
Not all dictionaries would agree: Strangle:
Squeeze or constrict the neck of (a person or animal), especially so as to cause death. 'especially' so as to cause death is not exclusive.
If someone has another in a choke hold you might say "He's strangling her", but with a restricted meaning of 'strangle' you don't know whether that's true (prior to the outcome).