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jugulate

jugulate (JOO-gyu-layt or JUG-yu-layt) - v., to kill by cutting the throat; to check or suppress (a crisis or disease) by using extreme measures.


The latter metaphoric extension is, however, extremely underused outside of medical contexts. I am very disappointed. Borrowed around 1620 from Latin jugulāre, to cut the throat of, from jugulum, throat, from whence also the jugular vein that runs through it. Note that jugulum itself is a diminutive of jugum, yoke (as in what's placed around it).

I propose we jugulate our employee satisfaction crisis by withholding the holiday bonus until morale improves.

---L.
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