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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CONSTRICTING

Exclusiveness is a constricting cord that strangles progress.

To them it was a numbing, constricting presence; the abode of darkness and horror.

He gave up and awaited the constricting violence of the tangle strands.

A great lump has sprung into Peggy's throat, constricting the muscles.

He was constricting it in his hand and knocking his clenched knuckles on the marble.

The paralysing spell was upon him again, constricting as a rope about his neck.

To them the ocean was a numbing, constricting presence; the abode of darkness and horror.

He was in the air, clutched strangely in constricting arms; an odor of rotted flesh was in his nostrils, sickening, suffocating!

I think I'll just go up-stairs and take off these constricting clothes, unless, dear, you'd like me to help you in any way.

She had been in "tight places" before; had indeed been in so few that were not, in one way or another, constricting!

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., from Latin constrictus, past participle of constringere "compress" (see constrain). A direct borrowing from Latin of the same word which, via French, became constrain. Related: Constricted; constricting.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.