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chokehold

or choke hold

[ chohk-hohld ]
/ ˈtʃoʊkˌhoʊld /
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noun

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for chokehold

chokehold
/ (ˈtʃəʊkˌhəʊld) /

noun

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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