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

Examples of choke hold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one defensive tactics training, paramedics in sweatpants and sneakers practiced deflecting blows from an instructor who was trying to hit them with padded batons, dodged a fake knife and worked up a sweat wrestling their way out of choke holds. Washington Post, "Besieged Portland, Oregon, paramedics get defense training," 11 Nov. 2019 At one defensive tactics training, paramedics in sweatpants and sneakers practiced deflecting blows from an instructor who was trying to hit them with padded batons, dodged a fake knife and worked up a sweat wrestling their way out of choke holds. Gillian Flaccus, chicagotribune.com, "Paramedics have faced a rash of attacks from patients in Portland, Oregon. Now they’re getting self-defense training.," 11 Nov. 2019 With Beckham blocking against Humphrey and the players locked up, the wide receiver took a poke at the defensive back's head, and the pair ended up on the turf, with Humphrey keeping Beckham down with a choke hold. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Marlon Humphrey scraps with Odell Beckham Jr. in NFL game," 29 Sep. 2019 Police said Paul Anghilante, 51, put Gorce in a choke hold until Gorce’s son came out of the shop with a bat prepared to strike Anghilante. Pete Grieve, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco prosecutors hold off on charging decision in truffle shop choke-hold case," 22 Aug. 2019 No fractured ribs, no caratoid choke hold, just nice buddy buddy talk. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Los Gatos police release video of controversial ex-officer’s recent use of force," 16 Aug. 2019 Diaz slipped past a strong choke hold midway in the first round and then mounted Pettis to pound him with clubbing fists. Manouk Akopyan, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241: Stipe Miocic knocks out Daniel Cormier to regain heavyweight belt," 17 Aug. 2019 In January 2018, school surveillance cameras showed a small boy getting off the bus and being approached by a much larger boy, who punched him and allegedly put him in a choke hold. CBS News, "Mom says middle school bully left son with severe brain damage," 15 Aug. 2019 De Blasio challenged Biden over what the Department of Justice did to punish the NYPD officer who killed New Yorker Eric Garner by placing him in a choke hold. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "De Blasio calls out Biden — for Eric Garner killing," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of choke hold

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Nov 2019

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“Choke hold.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choke%20hold. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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choke hold

noun

English Language Learners Definition of choke hold

chiefly US
: 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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