pressing me small


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help me, please, what does "pressing me small" mean in this context?
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...I can’t get any air, not one breath—
There’s something atop me, pressing me into the ground, oh god, it’s a body—My husband is pinning me to the bed. I jackknife, repulsed at the sudden confinement of limbs and the powerlessness.
Niall immediately scrambles back, raising his hands. “Easy. It’s okay.”
“What are you doing?”
“Franny—I woke up and you were strangling me.”
I stare at him, trying to catch my breath. “No . . . I was choking . . .”
His eyes are wide. “You were strangling me.”
But I don’t want him to be scared—for me or of me. I don’t want that look in his eyes, for him to feel the way I felt, waking to his hands pressing me small.
(Book: Migrations, Charlotte McConaghy; pages 125-126)
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