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What is the opposite of smother?

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Opposite of to refrain from openly expressing or displaying
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Opposite of to comprehensively defeat
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Opposite of to make less strong or intense
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Opposite of to restrain or repress, especially one's feelings, opinions or emotions
“He could ill afford to openly express his joy at Hedda's escape, as this surely would be looked upon by Gerhard as an act of treason.”
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Opposite of to reduce the strength or intensity of
“In a panic that is not all or even principally selfish, the clergy are losing their acuteness and making blunders which only serve to intensify the hatred of their opponents.”
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Opposite of to overcome or bring under control
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Opposite of to comprehensively defeat
“He got on top of his larger opponent and then put him in an armbar that forced his opponent to submit to him.”
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Opposite of to suffocate a person's space as if to coerce them into doing something
“He tried his best to make conversation but would relent when it became obvious she wasn't interested.”
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Opposite of to extinguish a flame or fire
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Opposite of to smother or suffocate someone
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Opposite of to restrain or to keep in check
Free yourself from the tyranny of emotional baggage, and you will be able to move on.”
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Opposite of to rub a (typically oily or sticky) substance over
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Opposite of to be convincingly victorious over
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Opposite of to apply as a coating
“As we were never allowed a second slice, the only thing to do was to scrape the burnt bits off the toast with a knife.”
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(slang) Opposite of to put a damper on
“I was feeling a little under the weather, but this coffee has done wonders to brighten my mood.”
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Opposite of to envelop in a layer of something
“Typically feeding on the ground, they uncover food by scratching with their feet or digging with their bills.”
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Opposite of to bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities on
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Opposite of to hide or conceal something (literally or figuratively)
“Society would chastise him and he would never be able to show his face in public again.”
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