causing difficulty in breathing especially through lack of fresh air and presence of heat; "the choking June dust"; "the smothering soft voices"; "smothering heat"; "the room was suffocating--hot and airless
To get in the way of a kick of the ball, preventing it going very far. When a player is kicking the ball, an opponent who is close enough will reach out with his hands and arms to get over the top of it, so the ball hits his hands after leaving the kicker's boot, dribbling away
To smother someone means to kill them by covering their face with something so that they cannot breathe. A father was secretly filmed as he tried to smother his six-week-old son in hospital. = suffocate
a shot that either doesn't leave the ground or flies very lowly because the clubface contacted the ball in a position that was much to closed and hooded (delofted) Example: Karen smothered her tee shot by rolling the clubface closed
a stifling cloud of smoke conceal or hide; "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn" envelop completely; "smother the meat in gravy" deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion; "smother fires" deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing; "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor" form an impenetrable cover over; "the butter cream smothered the cake
To get in the way of a kick of the ball, preventing it going very far. When a player is kicking the ball, an opponent who is close enough will reach out with his hands and arms to get over the top of it, so the ball hits his hands after leaving the kickers boot, dribbling away
a shot that either doesn't leave the ground or flies very low because the clubface contacted the ball in a position that was much to closed Example: "Karen smothered her tee shot as she rolled the clubface closed "
If an activity or process is smothered, it is prevented from continuing or developing. Intellectual life in France was smothered by the occupation The debts of both Poland and Hungary are beginning to smother the reform process. = stifle
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