There was a fine line between protecting and smothering, though.
Betsy was seated at the table, forking sausage onto her plate and smothering pancakes in maple syrup.
Fred O'Connor was off to the post office, but before leaving, he ceremoniously presented Martha with thirty dollars and a smothering hug.
I left because he's a smothering mother hen.
After smothering a yawn, she asked, "Did you send me that money?"
But you're smothering me.
It looked innocent enough, and the children were instantly smothering him with love and kisses.
Of a Snake their victim alive; others first kill it by smothering it between the coils of their body (constriction).
On one occasion he trapped a number of his enemies, the Berber chiefs of the Ronda, into visiting him, and got rid of them by smothering them in the hot room of a bath.