choke hold

noun
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

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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First Known Use of choke hold

1964

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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CHOKE HOLD Defined for English Language Learners

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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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