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 But given the current geopolitical and pandemic realities, these global value chains may no longer be worth the risk of relying on specific choke points, particularly if those points are in politically unstable or undependable countries. Adam S. Posen, Foreign Affairs, 17 Mar. 2022 In Maine, many of those challenges are concentrated at one choke point: where to put a new wind port, which state officials have not decided on. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2023 Though the United States controls a number of key choke points in the global supply chain, other countries — particularly Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands — hold dominance over similarly crucial sectors of the manufacturing process. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, 12 July 2023 And removing the hands of the government from thousands of choke points in the country’s economy would have meant removing his ability to reward his friends and punish his enemies. Alexander Stille, The New Republic, 13 June 2023 The tiny town at the far western edge of the Seward Peninsula is a 166-mile straight shot from Gambell over plates of sea ice feeding into the choke point of the Bering Strait. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Apr. 2023 The goal is to have professional and mature conversations that identify situations creating choke points or toxins that are negatively affecting their performance or willingness to engage. Jeffrey Deckman, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2023 In recent years, labor organizers protesting punishing working conditions inside Amazon’s logistics operation have pressured the company through walkouts or other actions at sorting centers, which can be choke points in its distribution network. Will Knight, WIRED, 26 June 2023 The extreme concentrations of critical suppliers and information technology networks has generated additional choke points. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, 18 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of choke point was in 1944

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“Choke point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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