Sentence with Context:
Nina Savelle-Rocklin, a Los Angeles-based psychoanalyst and the author of “The Binge Cure: 7 Steps to Outsmart Emotional Eating”, says many of us learned to deny or smother our pain in childhood, leaving us with no idea of how to soothe ourselves in later life.
But her subjects were her neighbors—the Prime Minister lived just down the hill. In recent years, he and his Cabinet had sought to smother her with libel lawsuits. People in his office used their work computers to post cruel gossip about her, accompanied by unflattering photographs.
Meaning: Cover someone or something entirely with; Kill (someone) by covering their nose and mouth so that they suffocate; Extinguish (a fire) by covering it
Suffocate, Stifle, Asphyxiate, Overwhelm, Strangle, Gag
Fan, Ventilate, Foster, Cherish, Nurture, Divulge, Spread, Vent
Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?
Imagine someone’s vicious step-mother using a pillow to kill her step-children, as shown in the gif below. So, “S-mother” should remind you of a vicious “Step-mother” who wants to suffocate her step-children. Remember thus!
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