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stranglehold

[strang-guh l-hohld] /ˈstræŋ gəlˌhoʊld/
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
1890-1895
1890-95; strangle + hold1
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Examples for stranglehold
  • The firm has a huge advertising budget and a stranglehold on diamond distribution channels.
  • The stranglehold has gotten even tighter over the years.
  • There is no way to keep the unions in check without breaking their stranglehold over the general public.
  • However well intended left reformism is, under the stranglehold of local and world capital it is doomed to fail.
  • It would also put a major stranglehold on reckless spending.
  • The biggest problem is that the two political parties have such a stranglehold that they are able to dictate all legislation.
  • But that is due in no small part to the stranglehold oil has on our society, it is not due solely to the actual merits of oil.
  • Sadly for the railroads, time and technology ate away at their virtual stranglehold on interstate commerce.
  • Politics today, under the stranglehold of extremists, sorely lacks empathy.
  • The two major parties have a stranglehold on government, lamentably.
British Dictionary definitions for stranglehold

stranglehold

/ˈstræŋɡəlˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
a wrestling hold in which a wrestler's arms are pressed against his opponent's windpipe See also Japanese stranglehold
2.
complete power or control over a person or situation
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Word Origin and History for stranglehold
n.

1893, in wrestling, from strangle (v.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1901.

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