strangle-hold

stranglehold

[strang-guhl-hohld]
noun
1.
Wrestling. an illegal hold by which an opponent's breath is choked off.
2.
any force or influence that restricts the free actions or development of a person or group: the stranglehold of superstition.

Origin:
1890–95; strangle + hold1

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stranglehold (ˈstræŋɡəlˌhəʊld)
 
n
1.  See also Japanese stranglehold a wrestling hold in which a wrestler's arms are pressed against his opponent's windpipe
2.  complete power or control over a person or situation

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