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Suppressing actionsPlay
Used when actions or processes are forcefully stopped or hindered intentionally. SlideThe government tried to stifle the protests.
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Often implies a limitation of freedom or expression, typically viewed in a negative light. SlideCorporate policies can stifle creativity.
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Subtle interruptionPlay
Can mean to interrupt something quietly or subtly, without drawing attention. SlideHe stifled the rumors before they spread.