choke hold

noun

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


CHOKE HOLD Defined for English Language Learners

choke hold

noun

Definition of choke hold for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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