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

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Citing the store video, Kenney said that Stabile's choke hold was clearly improper — noting the Miami police force and many other law enforcement agencies nationwide no longer allow officers to use that kind of force to subdue suspects. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "He was playing his radio too loud, then got choked by a cop. Now, he wants the city to pay," 29 June 2018 Later, trying for a jump ball, Stephenson took down the Cavs' Jeff Green with headlock that wanted to grow up to be a rasslin' villain's choke hold. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "Who's more obnoxious than Indiana Pacers' Lance Stephenson? -- Bill Livingston (photos)," 23 Apr. 2018 He was accused of grabbing her hair, putting her in a choke hold with his right arm, and then dragging her several feet before taking off. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A fight over chicken sandwiches led Florida man to abuse pregnant girlfriend, police say," 19 Jan. 2018 Opening statements and testimony are scheduled for today in the case of Terry Thompson, 42, who is accused of intentionally killing 24-year-old John Hernandez while pinning him down in a choke hold on May 28, 2017. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Family of man killed in Denny's altercation prepares for murder trial," 13 June 2018 In another case, the state says Anderson Health did not investigate or properly report allegations of abuse against a 16-year-old, who said a staffer put him in a choke hold. Fred Clasen-kelly And Cassie Cope, charlotteobserver, "Teens in NC psych center were choked, zip-tied, faced 'imminent danger,' state says," 5 June 2018 In real life, the choke hold was not a long stalemate but a brief, fluid moment, before the two men started flailing, Erving began punching, and their own fight got absorbed in a sprawling brawl. Eric Moskowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "A Celtics-Sixers photo for the ages. And the photographer behind the shot.," 7 May 2018 Hewitt reacted by pointing the gun at Soodeen's face, then putting her in a choke hold. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He has a bullet in his crotch. She has a baby in her belly. They're both in trouble," 10 Apr. 2018 Frazier is among the Bay Area’s most fearless performers, always keeping her text in a choke hold. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Voices of the Tenderloin come alive in Campo Santo’s ‘Spirits’," 17 May 2018

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1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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choke hold

noun

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

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