or choke hold

  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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for choke-hold


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

1962, from choke + hold (n.).

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