stran·​gle·​hold | \ˈstraŋ-gəl-ˌhōld \

Definition of stranglehold 

1 : an illegal wrestling hold by which one's opponent is choked

2 : a force or influence that chokes or suppresses freedom of movement or expression

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But Wisconsin’s stranglehold on the West could be loosening. Chris Johnson,, "Hunter Johnson's Transfer to Northwestern Adds New Dimension to Future of Big Ten West," 12 June 2018 Qualcomm was dealt a major loss in one of its many ongoing legal battles this afternoon, with a federal court ruling that the company must license its modem patents to competing chipmakers, potentially weakening its stranglehold on the market. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Qualcomm must license patents to competing chipmakers, court rules," 6 Nov. 2018 The banks no longer have a stranglehold on office real estate. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "WeWork is one lease away from being the biggest office tenant in Manhattan," 23 Aug. 2018 But there were signs Sunday their stranglehold might be broken. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "If Kyle Larson isn't upset about the full-contact finish, why should NASCAR fans be?," 1 July 2018 Just as the Argentinian was warming up, Sevilla took a firm stranglehold on the game, as Muriel tucked home on the rebound after Marc Andre ter Stegen blocked an initial shot., "Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona: Messi Strike Secures Incredible Last-Gasp Draw for La Liga Leaders," 31 Mar. 2018 Speaking of Rondo’s time in Boston: There was a life-changing moment during the 2010 playoffs when LeBron James’ Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals and looked to put a stranglehold on the series in Boston. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Draymond Green’s plate is full against Pelicans," 5 May 2018 In an accompanying editorial Governor Greg Abbott writes: Innovation and self-reliance are deeply rooted in the Lone Star State, and when freed from the stranglehold of over taxation and overregulation, new ideas flourish. Francisca Ortega, Houston Chronicle, "CNBC ranks Texas No. 1 for business, but offers residents a few warnings," 11 July 2018 To become Prime Minister, Khan needs his Movement for Justice (PTI) party, founded in 1996, to break the stranglehold of the two main political dynasties that have been in power for decades between periods of military rule. Time, "Cricket Hero Imran Khan Led Pakistan's Team to Victory. As a Politician, He's Riding a Populist Wave," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of stranglehold

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of stranglehold

: an illegal hold in wrestling by which your opponent is choked

: a force or influence that stops something from growing or developing

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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