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

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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,, "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 One guest put a choke hold on one of the men involved in the fight. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Charges filed in viral Disneyland fight that continued after brawlers were thrown out," 23 July 2019 Kwong has vowed to safeguard the teenagers thronging to the streets in a rebellion against Beijing’s choke hold on the semi-autonomous enclave. Time, "'Whenever There’s Trouble He Rushes There.' Meet Legislator Roy Kwong, the God of Hong Kong Protests," 20 July 2019 Tonn is also the defendant in another federal lawsuit by a man who alleges the officer placed him in a choke hold and tackled him after the man began filming Tonn with his cell phone. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo seeks to delay federal lawsuit case against police officers," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of choke hold

1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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