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
Recent Examples of stranglehold from the Web
The island life has all these producers in a perfumed stranglehold, and Dillon Francis is no different –
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Team Penske will have a stranglehold on the first two rows in the IndyCar race at Road America.
For decades, Gillette had what looked like a stranglehold on the razor market.
Looking ahead, the Terrapins’ stranglehold on the local recruiting scene appears to be as strong as ever.
Once the area is freed, players then make their way to an airfield to destroy several silos and continue to weaken the cult's stranglehold.
Despite the setback, the Nazis maintain their stranglehold on the world.
Democrats hoping to chip away at the Republican stranglehold have pinned their hopes on Anna Langthorn, a 24-year-old woman who has logged more than five years in the political trenches.
Eventually, the Warriors took a 3-0 stranglehold on the NBA Finals with their rally in the final minutes for a 118-113 victory.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stranglehold'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of stranglehold
STRANGLEHOLD Defined for English Language Learners
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
Learn More about stranglehold
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up stranglehold? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).