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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The Boca Raton Little League has had a stranglehold on the Senior Division in the District 7 competition recently and this year was no different. Gary Curreri,, "Boca Raton Little League wins District 7 Seniors title," 3 July 2019 Since at least the 1970s, when the form had a stranglehold on the American pop imagination, rock has been in the process of dying or being reborn. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Help Us Stranger’ by the Raconteurs and ‘Let’s Rock’ by the Black Keys Reviews: Two Takes on Rock Classicism," 19 June 2019 John Sifton, Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, criticized Trump for pledging to preserve Kim's stranglehold on power. Fox News, "For North Korea summit, human rights an afterthought," 24 May 2018 As Adolf Hitler's German war machine tightened its stranglehold on Europe, the fate of the continent and the outcome of the World War II hinged on the success of the epic invasion. CBS News, "D-Day anniversary: Remembering CBS News Radio's reporting from the front lines," 5 June 2019 Qualcomm’s chip deals boxed out competitors An obvious question is how Qualcomm maintained its stranglehold over the supply of modem chips. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How Qualcomm shook down the cell phone industry for almost 20 years," 30 May 2019 Rouhani remains defiant despite the economic stranglehold. Alex Ward, Vox, "North Korea, China, and Iran are not happy with Trump’s foreign policy," 5 Nov. 2018 Could Wisconsin's stranglehold on the Big Ten West be loosening? Chris Johnson,, "Hunter Johnson's Transfer to Northwestern Adds New Dimension to Future of Big Ten West," 12 June 2018 Yet, the Celtics have a mental resolve that was tested to the limit during Saturday’s 101-98 overtime win at the Wells Fargo Center that gave them a 3-0 stranglehold over the Sixers in their best-of-seven series. Marc Narducci,, "Celtics show great resolve in Game 3 overtime win over Sixers," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of stranglehold

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stranglehold was in 1893

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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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