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noun stran·gle·hold \ˈstraŋ-gəl-ˌhōld\

Simple Definition of stranglehold

  • : an illegal hold in wrestling by which your opponent is choked

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stranglehold

  1. 1 :  an illegal wrestling hold by which one's opponent is choked

  2. 2 :  a force or influence that chokes or suppresses freedom of movement or expression


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