choke hold


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 The 23-year-old Black man died in 2019 after he was detained and placed in a choke hold by police and then given a sedative that triggered cardia arrest. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Nov. 2021 All seemed to agree: Time was up — needed to be up — for sexism and its insidious choke hold on everyone’s lives., 24 Sep. 2021 The trouble is these expectations are derived from the very same bond yield curve that the Federal Reserve has a choke hold on, and real inflation expectations come from the Street not the cornered U.S. bond market. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 The use of vascular neck restraint, which is not a choke hold, was prohibited by policy by the former chief of police. Leah Asmelash And Molly Silverman, CNN, 22 Aug. 2020 The employee saw a man punching a woman and holding her in a choke hold, according to her statement. Frederick N. Rasmussen,, 8 Aug. 2021 None of it's going to happen if this polarization in Washington continues to choke -- have a choke hold on us. ABC News, 25 July 2021 Worse, by jettisoning the consumer-welfare standard that has anchored antitrust law for almost a half century, American businesses of all sorts would find themselves in a perpetual government choke hold. Robert H. Bork, National Review, 11 June 2021 The sticking point, said Vaez, is that some of those sanctions are not in direct violation of the 2015 deal but are now a major choke hold for Iran. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of choke hold

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of choke hold was in 1964

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10 Dec 2021

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“Choke hold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners 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 : stranglehold

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