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 Ford, who started one game last season, has had a stranglehold on the left tackle position through spring and doesn’t appear to have any immediate challengers. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC recommits to mixing things up on the offensive line," 21 Apr. 2021 Conservatives, once ascendant, are losing their stranglehold on power, and some are reacting by going to extremes. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "What Kristine Hostetter’s Story Says About Orange County," 13 Apr. 2021 Their stranglehold on global oil supplies rested in part on the Texas Railroad Commission’s proration system, which set production quotas on wells throughout the state. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Can OPEC Rescue the Planet?," 22 Mar. 2021 His ouster would remove an obstacle to their stranglehold on the state (i.e., to consummating Albany’s ongoing transition into Manhattan). Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Cuomo Responds with Standard BS to Biden’s Reflexive BS," 18 Mar. 2021 The Wolverines have lost two of their last three and their stranglehold on a top seed has loosened to the point that the fourth No. 1 seed, Illini, could leapfrog the Wolverines on Selection Sunday. Shelby Mast And Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA Tournament bracketology: Michigan losing lock on No. 1 seed heading into championship week," 8 Mar. 2021 One of the most widespread cold waves since 1989 will slowly relax its stranglehold on the USA in the coming week, as the wavy, loopy jet stream that pulled polar air south becomes more moderate, blowing from west to east. Star Tribune, "A Few More Light Snow Showers Possible Thursday - 30s Expected Sunday!," 17 Feb. 2021 Amazon has had a stranglehold on the e-reader market for years, but ever since the Kindle debuted in 2007, users have been asking for a rather simple feature. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Kindle finally gets a feature users have been requesting for 13 years," 16 Apr. 2021 The Italian press were left in little doubt that the Nerazzurri are set to end Juve's nine-year stranglehold of the Serie A title and claim their first 'Scudetto' since 2010. Reuters, CNN, "Super Saturday leaves Inter with one hand on Serie A trophy," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of stranglehold

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 May 2021

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“Stranglehold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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