or choke hold



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.
a stifling grip; stranglehold: a company that once had a chokehold over the PC market.

Nearby words

  1. chokebore,
  2. chokecherry,
  3. choked,
  4. choked disk,
  5. chokedamp,
  6. chokepoint,
  7. choker,
  8. choker-setter,
  9. chokes,
  10. chokey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for choke-hold



the act of holding a person's neck across the windpipe, esp from behind using one arm
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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