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    #1

    He suffocated the bird

    Hi,

    Is "He suffocated the bird by pressing its neck" correct?

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    #2

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    No, say, e.g.,
    He choked the bird with his (bare) hands.

    [The poor bird! ]

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    #3

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    He strangled the unfortunate avian.
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    #4

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    As part of the definition for suffocate dictionary.com says strangle.

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    #5

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    If you want to use "suffocate", you need to change the means. You don't suffocate a being by choking it. I would imagine you use a pillow to suffocate the bird. E.g "he suffocated the bird with a pillow".

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    #6

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    It's an odd way to kill a bird anyway. If you have to use your hands, you normally just wring a bird's neck, snapping the vertebrae. Is that perhaps what you're referring to?

    Of course there's the euphemism of 'choking the chicken', but I can't say I've ever heard of it being done literally.

    p.s. A humorous semi-related link about strangling birds.
    Last edited by Skrej; 29-May-2017 at 10:35. Reason: adding postscript
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    #7

    Re: He suffocated the bird

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    . I would imagine you use a pillow to suffocate the bird. E.g "he suffocated the bird with a pillow".
    Clearly it should be a feather pillow. However, I was thinking plastic bags and Duck Tape.
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