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choke hold

noun

Simple Definition of choke hold

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of choke hold

  1. 1 :  a hold that involves strong choking pressure applied to the neck of another

  2. 2 :  absolute dominance or control <had a choke hold on the city's finances>


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