choke point


Definition of choke point 

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

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Experts have long said a new tunnel is needed to relieve congestion and prevent big problems at one of the most important transportation choke points in the nation. David Klepper, The Seattle Times, "Cuomo to meet with Trump to discuss new train tunnel," 27 Nov. 2018 There would be enough U.S. subs to mass at choke points throughout the western Pacific, an intimidating prospect for a country like China that has never prosecuted anti-submarine warfare before. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Should the U.S. Navy Buy Non-Nuclear Submarines?," 7 Sep. 2018 That would seem like a phenomenal choke point, but all of a sudden, in one year, Tencent took almost half of that way from them. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Musk revealed Sunday that a hackathon was underway to fix the two worst robot production choke points. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Elon Musk Is Using a Hackathon to Solve the Tesla Model 3 Bottleneck," 13 May 2018 That causes water to overflow at choke points, such as Lake Harney, for several days after a heavy rainstorm. Martin E. Comas,, "East Seminole County residents keep nervous eye on rising St. Johns," 9 July 2018 The routes cover both northbound and southbound traffic from the Bering Sea to the choke point of the Bering Strait for vessels traveling near Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula. Anchorage Daily News, "UN agency approves Bering Strait shipping route," 3 June 2018 That created a choke point that has left canal operators unable to deliver 60 percent of the water to farms and cities along the last 50 miles or so of the canal’s low spot. Dale Kasler And Phillip Reese, sacbee, "The Valley floor is sinking, and it’s crippling California’s ability to deliver water," 13 July 2018 With more global shipping now that ever, new technologies are emerging that can mend choke points in the process. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "The Ultimate Carbon-Saving Tip? Travel by Cargo Ship," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of choke point

1944, in the meaning defined above

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