stran·​gle·​hold | \ ˈstraŋ-gəl-ˌhōld How to pronounce stranglehold (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Walmart is trying to break big processors' stranglehold over the beef industry, drive down costs and sell a higher-end line of beef at some stores. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart's takes a step toward owning the food chain," 24 Jan. 2020 That Alabama was able to dominate the sport nationally this decade, but not completely put a stranglehold on the state rivalry is a testament to the amazing quality of college football here, and also the relentless competition. Joseph Goodman |, al, "What a ride: Unprecedented decade in Alabama shaped college football," 31 Dec. 2019 With Juve transitioning into the Maurizio Sarri era and Inter looking strong under the Marotta-Antonio Conte regime, many have suggested that the Turin giants' stranglehold over Italian football could come to an end., "Max Allegri Insists He 'Doesn't Regret' Leaving Juventus & Says Inter Can Win Serie A This Season," 13 Sep. 2019 In settling that lawsuit in 2012, EA agreed to give up its NCAA and Arena Football licenses but kept its stranglehold on the NFL name for video games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The next “NFL2K” won’t be a simulation—here’s what that might mean," 10 Mar. 2020 Briefly resuscitated by a late Rangers goal, the New York crowd was largely paralyzed by a Dallas stranglehold, incapacitated by an offensive outburst. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Joe Pavelski’s special teams scoring leads the Stars’ offensive outburst in win over Rangers," 4 Feb. 2020 The collapse of chain bookstores has been well documented, as has the stranglehold of Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "First a tornado, now a pandemic, but Interabang Books is a survivor — and the reason is Nancy Perot," 26 Mar. 2020 The tightening stranglehold of tension is heightened further still by Tom Lane's ambient soundscape and cinematic underscoring. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 In just a 10-day span, Biden has taken a stranglehold of the nomination fight by coalescing support among Democrats who see him as the best shot to beat Trump and who are motivated to move on to the general election. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Biden has vastly outperformed Clinton in some primaries. Is that bad news for Trump come November?," 13 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of stranglehold

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stranglehold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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