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 city of Pittsburg agreed in October to pay $7.3 million to the family of Humberto Martinez Sr., who fled a traffic stop in 2016 and was chased into a house by an officer, who applied a fatal choke hold. Bob Egelko,, "After George Floyd killing, prosecutions of police increase. How will jurors react?," 17 Dec. 2020 In 1982, Gates, the chief, banned the bar-arm choke hold, in which an officer uses his forearm to apply pressure directly against the windpipe, after a 24-year-old black motorist sued in an effort to forbid the move. Ben Poston, Los Angeles Times, "Police are banning a controversial neck hold after George Floyd’s death," 5 June 2020 Another example of this gap: Until recently, any time an officer used the technique commonly known as a choke hold, they were required to document it in a use-of-force report. Dianna M. Náñez, The Arizona Republic, "Officers' body cavity search left her bleeding. She called it rape. Phoenix police don't even consider it a use of force," 3 Apr. 2017 According to the Associated Press, Allen alleges in court documents that Ariza punched his son in the arm and shoulder and put him in a choke hold on July 25 during a visit at Ariza’s home in Los Angeles. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers’ Trevor Ariza ‘strongly denies’ allegations he abused his 12-year-old son: Reports," 3 Sep. 2020 As the woman attempted to call police, the man took her cell phone and put her in a choke hold. cleveland, "House hit with dozens of gunshots while woman and her son, 7, slept: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 22 Aug. 2020 Holcomb said the changes are a reaction to the racial equality protests that have rocked the nation, including Indianapolis, since George Floyd was killed in a choke hold in May by Minneapolis police. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Holcomb orders body cams for state police, will hire diversity cabinet post," 18 Aug. 2020 Look at all the trouble Facebook, Instagram, Google, Twitter, and others have gotten into regarding their choke hold on information and their questionable stewardship of its use. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "For Whom the Tok Tiks," 6 Aug. 2020 At the same time, the pandemic recession still has some industries in a choke hold, and rising Covid-19 infections are threatening to put a stop to the reopening. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "America's job market is starting to recover. But don't hold your breath," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of choke hold

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Jan 2021

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“Choke hold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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