- Wrestling. an illegal hold by which an opponent's breath is choked off.
- a restraining hold in which one person uses an arm to encircle the neck of another; a chokehold.
- any force or influence that restricts the free actions or development of a person or thing; a stifling grip: to break the stranglehold of superstition.
Origin of stranglehold
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Examples from the Web for stranglehold
The professors concluded that “abstinence-only programs have a stranglehold on sexuality education in Texas public schools.”Gail Collins on Texas’s Abstinence Sex Education Problems
June 4, 2012
The agreement lessened the stranglehold India-Pakistan tensions had put on trade in the region for decades.Richard Holbrooke's Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde
November 26, 2011
Galled by the stranglehold of the religious right, he has challenged the party to open itself up to young voters and new ideas.The Next McCain?
May 18, 2009
The smaller the group the tighter its stranglehold over your life and activities.The Legacy of Greece
It gave them such a stranglehold––with the right sort of men––and Brace was the right sort.At the Crossroads
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Mrs. Trapes, I've got a stranglehold on that idea, for it is rather brilliant.The Definite Object
The Party manipulators had now got their stranglehold on the country.Ireland Since Parnell
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Then, indeed, the Lhari had been lying all along, the vicious lie that maintained their stranglehold monopoly of star-travel.The Colors of Space
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- a wrestling hold in which a wrestler's arms are pressed against his opponent's windpipeSee also Japanese stranglehold
- complete power or control over a person or situation
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Word Origin and History for stranglehold
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