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chokehold

or choke hold

[chohk-hohld] /ˈtʃoʊkˌhoʊld/
noun
1.
a restraining hold in which one person encircles the neck of another in a viselike grip with the arm, usually approaching from behind:
The suspect was put in a chokehold and was gasping for breath.
2.
a stifling grip; stranglehold:
a company that once had a chokehold over the PC market.
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British Dictionary definitions for choke-hold

chokehold

/ˈtʃəʊkˌhəʊld/
noun
1.
the act of holding a person's neck across the windpipe, esp from behind using one arm
2.
complete power or control: the chokehold the mob has had on the town
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Word Origin and History for choke-hold
n.

1962, from choke + hold (n.).

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