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choke hold

noun

: a method of holding someone by putting your arm around the person's neck with enough pressure to make breathing difficult or impossible

: a force or influence that stops something from growing or developing

Full Definition of CHOKE HOLD

1
:  a hold that involves strong choking pressure applied to the neck of another
2
:  absolute dominance or control <had a choke hold on the city's finances>

First Known Use of CHOKE HOLD

1964

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