strangle-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: kill, choke or die because of constriction to the throat

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[concrete] STRANGLE NP2 [concrete]

Hercules, in his cradle, strangled the serpents.
She would never have strangled the prophets for foretelling better days.

VerbNet: poison-42.2
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 5, 6

Sense Number 2: hinder or conceal the progress or occurrence of

Commentary: Syntax is: NP1[agent] STRANGLE NP2[abstract]

How did 'New Labour' strangle the UK?
They have strangled the music.
The dictator wants to strangle trade between the two opposing nations.

VerbNet: subjugate-42.3
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: strangle.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4