He could have strangled this impudent upstart

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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Please note that you have an error in your sentence: "He could have strangled…" is correct.

    It means he was so angry he (speaking with considerable exaggeration) would have been able to kill the impudent upstart.

    We don't really know how impudent the upstart may or may not have been. We only know that the boy or man was very angry; we don't know why.
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