throttle hold

throttlehold

[throt-l-hohld]
noun
a stifling suppression: The new regime kept a throttlehold on academic freedom.

Origin:
1930–35; throttle + (strangle)hold

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throttlehold

noun
complete power over a person or situation; "corporations have a stranglehold on the media"; "the president applied a chokehold to labor disputes that inconvenienced the public" [syn: stranglehold
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