[ strang-guh l-hohld ]
/ ˈstræŋ gəlˌhoʊld /


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.

Nearby words

  1. stranger rape,
  2. stranger's gallery,
  3. stranger, the,
  4. strangle,
  5. strangled,
  6. strangler,
  7. strangles,
  8. strangulate,
  9. strangulated hernia,
  10. strangulation

Origin of stranglehold

First recorded in 1890–95; strangle + hold1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stranglehold


/ (ˈstræŋɡəlˌhəʊld) /


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



1893, in wrestling, from strangle (v.) + hold (n.). Figurative use by 1901.

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