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 swing states, due to their electoral significance, also have a stranglehold on national policies. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "The Case Against the Electoral College Is Stronger Than Ever," 2 Aug. 2019 Juventus have taken a stranglehold in recent years after winning their eighth Serie A title in May and their fifth under the watchful eye of Allegri., "7 Football Managers Who Have Taken Charge of Fierce Rivals," 15 July 2019 The measures stabilized the currency and presumably reduced the factions’ stranglehold over the money supply. Nabih Bulos,, "What’s for sale at this outdoor market? Cold, hard cash," 11 July 2019 The result of the election, however, was never in doubt, given Putin's autocratic stranglehold on power. Dan Merica, CNN, "Trump congratulates Putin on winning reelection, gets slammed by McCain," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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