Definition of 'stifle'
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The person who ran it was almost incomprehensible and we had difficulty stifling our giggles. The Sun (2015)Yet ministers oppose gene test regulation on the ground that this would stifle innovation. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This is not about stifling artistic creativity. The Sun (2010)They stifle growth and offer no realistic prospect of a recovery. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Too hawkish an approach has undeniable costs by making capital more expensive and stifling innovation. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Some have said that there has been a kneejerk reaction towards programming that is stifling creativity. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There is no doubt that unnecessary complexity can stifle growth. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Paying consultancies just for their time can stifle innovation and distort incentives. Times, Sunday Times (2011) Creativity is stifled and the lack of runners from midfield is pronounced. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Experts warn that the crisis is stifling economic growth. The Sun (2013)But neither should creativity be stifled by moral considerations. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Demand is down across the globe as the economic woes continue to stifle growth. The Sun (2014)The new deals are fiercely opposed by independent wholesalers, who say that they stifle competition. Times, Sunday Times (2007)As soon as the band bounded on stage, the crowd struggled to stifle their giggles. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The DfID is stifling innovation and adding to the aid gravy train for huge multinational organisations. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I stifle a giggle then jump on him. The Sun (2016)England are a stifling team. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The 11-year-old made no effort to stifle a wide yawn as she rocked forward in her chair and stared at the ground. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Sad to say, it's hard not to stifle a yawn. Times, Sunday Times (2013)He glanced in, laughed, tried to stifle the laugh and went off to an important meeting. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yet there is an alternative view which is that, rather than stifling competition, this deal could actually encourage it. Times, Sunday Times (2012)All of the laughs are stifled by the insistent question: what is it you actually think you're laughing at? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Take a look at the clip on my website and you'll see security helping him back to his feet, stifling their laughs. The Sun (2009)Staff had to stifle giggles when the star requested the alternative treatment - which involves flushing out the colon via a patient's bottom. The Sun (2014)
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Translations for 'stifle'
British English: stifle VERB
If someone stifles something you consider to be a good thing, they prevent it from continuing.
Too many regulations might stifle creativity.
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