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étouffer verb Conjugation
étouffe / étouffai / étouffé
stifle [ˈstaɪfl] (bâillement)
Une entreprise qui étouffe l'innovation ne peut espérer beaucoup s'agrandir.
A company that stifles innovation can't hope to grow very much.
smother [ˈsmʌðə] (résistance)
L'assassin étouffa sa victime avec un oreiller.
The assassin smothered his victim with a pillow.
suffocate [ˈsʌfəkeɪt] (médecine)
J'ai pensé que j'allais étouffer dans ce train bondé.
I thought I was going to suffocate on the crowded train.
choke [tʃəuk] (crime)
scotch [skɔtʃ] (rumeur)
hush up (affaire)
cover up (vérité)
suppress [səˈpres] (sentiments)
feel stifled (se sentir mal à l'aise)
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Phrases (3)

  1. étouffer dans l'œuf - nip in the bud
  2. étouffer idée dans l'œuf - nip idea in the bud
  3. étouffer adversaire - neutralize opponent

Contexts

J'ai pensé que j'allais étouffer dans ce train bondé. I thought I was going to suffocate on the crowded train.
Elle l'a étouffé avec un oreiller. She suffocated him with a pillow.
L'assassin étouffa sa victime avec un oreiller. The assassin smothered his victim with a pillow.
Une entreprise qui étouffe l'innovation ne peut espérer beaucoup s'agrandir. A company that stifles innovation can't hope to grow very much.
En libérant la pensée de son objet, Descartes a permis de considérer ce dernier en termes exclusivement mécaniques, réouvrant la voie à la science, étouffée depuis plus de quinze siècles sous l'ineptie religieuse. Through freeing thought from its object, Descartes enabled the viewing of the latter in only mechanical terms, reopening the way to science, suffocated for more than fifteen centuries under religious nonsense.

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