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 testing reform broke the union's stranglehold on management of the nation's schools, where some teachers had been able to pass their teaching jobs on to their children. Fox News, "Old-time union boss returns triumphant in Mexico," 21 Aug. 2018 Thanks to a redistribution of electoral boundaries, a series of outsider minor parties are threatening to break the stranglehold of Australia's two major parties. Royce Kurmelovs, CNN, "Political mavericks shake South Australia out of its two-party torpor," 15 Mar. 2018 To some extent that latter piece of news is even more surprising, signaling Microsoft might be relaxing its Windows 10 Store stranglehold for first-party titles. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to the PC—and Steam," 12 Mar. 2019 And he is viewed by hard left Democrats as kind of a savior from the stranglehold of the party's establishment has had on their desires, hopes, and dreams. Fox News, "Ingraham: Far-left billionaires uniting to remake America," 29 Aug. 2018 The pressure is building as Napoli's imperious run of form shows no signs of slowing up, with Juventus' six-year stranglehold on Serie A now in serious jeopardy., "Juventus vs Genoa Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 22 Jan. 2018 In 2016, North Carolina voters elected a Democratic governor, Rory Cooper, seemingly breaking the Republican stranglehold on state government. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Republican Party versus democracy," 17 Dec. 2018 Even though the 1st District is open, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Anna Langthorn believes the party’s best chance at breaking the GOP’s federal delegation stranglehold in November could come in the 5th District in Oklahoma City. Sean Murphy, The Seattle Times, "Tulsa restaurateur wins GOP nod in Oklahoma House race," 28 Aug. 2018 A season earlier, Tennessee had broken Florida’s four-year stranglehold on the SEC title. Andy Staples,, "The Chaos and Consequences of the BCS, 20 Years After Its Inaugural Season," 9 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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