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.
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Examples from the Web for chokehold
Garner died in July after a white police officer placed him in a chokehold banned by department regulations.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
The young man proved to be the very person who had made the chokehold video.Bronx Gunman Shot His Friend, Didn’t Spill His Drink
August 5, 2014
Officer Daniel Pantaleo put him in what looked like a chokehold, which is specifically prohibited by the NYPD patrol guide.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
Lipkin-Shahak was no stranger to the cat-and-mouse dynamic that has so often kept the Middle East in a chokehold.Saying Goodbye To Lipkin-Shahak
December 19, 2012
“Christian bookstores have a chokehold on the Christian publishing industry,” Evans wrote after The Blind Side flap.How Rachel Held Evans Beat the Evangelical Decency Police
October 26, 2012
- 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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