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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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 His authoritarian rule has given him a stranglehold over the state bureaucracy that makes any challenge to his authority difficult. Sopheng Cheang, Fox News, "Cambodia's ruler starts campaigning with opponents silenced," 7 July 2018 Amazon’s growing advertising business is poised to challenge the stranglehold Google and Facebook have on the internet’s ad dollars, thanks to its growing dominance in e-commerce and growing presence in the media world. NBC News, "Jeff Bezos and Amazon have the advertising industry looking over its shoulder," 5 July 2018 Even an increasing number of Western operations might not break China’s de facto stranglehold on the South China Sea. Jonas Parello-plesner, WSJ, "The French Navy Stands Up to China," 7 June 2018 California's no-party top-two primary system is supposed to upend the stranglehold the two parties -- Republicans and Democrats -- have on American politics and give more moderate candidates a shot at office. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "If the country used California's weird primary system, Trump probably wouldn't be President," 2 June 2018 The trade solutions from the left stress global unity among the working classes, to break the stranglehold that elite business interests have on the agenda. David Dayen, The New Republic, "The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It," 12 July 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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