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Used to express a life-threatening situation due to lack of air. SlideMany animals suffocate if trapped underwater for too long.
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Sometimes used metaphorically to describe an overwhelming feeling. SlideHe felt suffocated by his responsibilities.
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Intensity EmphasisPlay
Highlights extreme conditions that make breathing difficult. SlideThe smoke was so thick, I thought I'd suffocate.