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
Recent Examples of stranglehold from the Web
Free from the Cavs' stranglehold in previous years, Curry scored 28 points on 11-of-22 from the field and 6-of-11 from 3-point range.
Truex Jr. maintained a stranglehold on the lead for a majority of that span.
Betsy believes labor’s monopolistic stranglehold on public education holds back progress, particularly in communities of color.
The newspaper industry is still suffering from the loss of its stranglehold on classified advertising to rudimentary services like Craigslist.
YC has helped shift power to entrepreneurs by endorsing contracts that reduce V.C.s’ stranglehold on a company’s finances.
Many people came out to support Mr. Rouhani in his effort to break the stranglehold of the hard-liners and to begin to modernize the country.
But we’re doing this with them with all these universities who are extremely proud to be doing this and are trying to break the stranglehold of excessive overheads by contractors.
With the Morning Mess gone after a year, Star brought in its solid afternoon team of Cindy & Ray, which did okay but failed to break the Bert Show stranglehold.
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STRANGLEHOLD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stranglehold for English Language Learners
: 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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