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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.
a restraining hold in which one person uses an arm to encircle the neck of another; a chokehold.
3.
any force or influence that restricts the free actions or development of a person or thing; a stifling grip:
to break the stranglehold of superstition.
Origin of stranglehold
1890-1895
1890-95; strangle + hold1
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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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