stranglehold

noun stran·gle·hold \ ˈstraŋ-gəl-ˌhōld \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of stranglehold

1893

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of stranglehold for English Language Learners

  • : 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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