His regime is working hard to stifle protest without completely unplugging Iran's telecommunications infrastructure.
The NY Governor has set off a right-wing firestorm, standing accused of seeking to stifle free speech and political plurality.
The social media giant unveils new privacy settings today, the latest in a series of moves meant to stifle growing criticism.
late 14c., "to choke, suffocate, drown," of uncertain origin, possibly an alteration of Old French estouffer "to stifle, smother," which may be from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German stopfon "to plug up, stuff"). Metaphoric sense is from 1570s. Related: Stifled; stifling.