You just have to find that yin of decency and locate the gestures and words that smother the yang of fear.
The Squire will be fit to smother us all, when he finds you are off; Mrs. Todhetley is in dreadful grief.
Verloc, whose affair the police has managed to smother so nicely, was mediocre.
Impatiently I smother the accusing whisper of my conscience, "By the right of revolutionary ethics."
Pour it boiling on the cucumbers, and smother them as before.
Maria was coughing, although she strove hard to smother the coughs.
You would kill her, smother her dead in your arms, before you would give her to—that.
“Never mind, Tuck,” laughed Ned, while the other boys rolled over in the grass to smother their laughter.
They had gone unheard and unseen, melting, as it were, in the shock and smother of the wave.
The fire was taking hold and the smoke had begun to smother him.
c.1200, "to suffocate with smoke," from smother (n.), earlier smorthre "dense, suffocating smoke" (late 12c.), from stem of Old English smorian "to suffocate, choke, strangle, stifle," cognate with Middle Dutch smoren, German schmoren; possibly connected to smolder. Meaning "to kill by suffocation in any manner" is from 1540s; sense of "to extinguish a fire" is from 1590s. Sense of "stifle, repress" is first recorded 1570s; meaning "to cover thickly (with some substance)" is from 1590s. Related: Smothered; smothering.