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 Under former Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi, state censorship put a stranglehold on literature. Abbas Al Lawati, CNN, 1 June 2022 So make sure you're caught up and ready to get locked in for even more Stranger Things—because these running times will put a stranglehold on your personal calendar. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 29 May 2022 China has a stranglehold on the world’s supply of critical rare earths. David Meyer, Fortune, 22 July 2022 Holmes, the world’s first consulting detective, has had a stranglehold on the popular imagination ever since. New York Times, 6 July 2022 Beyond that, any aspiring super app faces unrelenting competition from domestic and foreign rivals, some of which already have a stranglehold on the digital landscape. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 17 June 2022 Anderson is a product of Stanford which has had the stranglehold on the top spot. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2022 The disease had a stranglehold on its young victim. Carolyn Roy-bornstein, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 The publishers' trade body, whose members include Axel Springer, News UK, Conde Nast, Bonnier News and Editorial Prensa Iberica, took its grievance to the European Commission, alleging Google has an adtech stranglehold over press publishers. Reuters, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 18 Aug. 2022.

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