choke point

noun

Definition of choke point

: a strategic narrow route providing passage through or to another region

Examples of choke point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That span, which is the counterpart to the American Legion Bridge on the southern side of the Beltway, was for many years the region’s most notorious choke point. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Maryland and Virginia to rebuild and widen the American Legion Bridge, governors say," 12 Nov. 2019 Iran has, according to the US and UK, already demonstrated its ability to mine supertankers sailing through the choke point -- a complete strangulation of the world's most important oil seaway would be relatively straightforward. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it," 3 Oct. 2019 The main target of the airborne attacks, which the U.S. has blamed on Iran, was the Abqaiq processing facility, which has been exposed as a key choke point for the kingdom’s oil supplies. David Sheppard, Los Angeles Times, "Attack on Saudi facility exposes world economy’s ‘Achilles heel’," 16 Sep. 2019 The Gulf of Guinea, unlike the Malacca Strait or the Gulf of Aden, is not a choke point for international trade. The Economist, "The Gulf of Guinea is now the world’s worst piracy hotspot," 29 June 2019 That causes water to overflow at several choke points in Seminole, including at Lake Harney, several days after a storm. Martin E. Comas, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian: Flooded by Irma in 2017, Orlo Vista spared this time," 4 Sep. 2019 That’s the choke point for gun owners in the election season. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "How one Ohio gun-rights group aims to upend the public debate by scaring Republicans," 27 Aug. 2019 By targeting the tankers, Iraq hoped to cripple Iran economically and force the closure of the choke point. Suyin Haynes, Time, "The Strait of Hormuz Is at the Center of Iran Tensions Again. Here's How the Narrow Waterway Gained Wide Importance," 23 July 2019 While Mr Abe was still in Tehran, two tankers (one operated by a Japanese company) came under attack in the Strait of Hormuz, an important choke point for international shipping. The Economist, "Backed into a corner, Iran is lashing out," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of choke point

1944, in the meaning defined above

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7 Dec 2019

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“Choke point.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choke%20point. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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