Definition of stranglehold in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈstraŋg(ə)lhəʊld


[in singular]
  • 1A grip around the neck of another person that can kill by asphyxiation if held for long enough.
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    • Marco stuttered, and tried to loose the stranglehold at his neck.
    • He had taken but two steps before he was engulfed by a pair of slender arms and he endured the stranglehold of their embrace only as long as he deemed appropriate before he freed himself from his official bride.
    • The arm seized him around the neck, tightening in a stranglehold.
  • 1.1Complete or overwhelming control: in France, supermarkets have less of a stranglehold on food supplies
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    • The corporate controlled mass media would essentially have a stranglehold on information distribution if it were not for the Internet.
    • Just when it seemed like the corporations had a stranglehold on the culture industries, counterculture has gone mainstream.
    • The United States couldn't do enough to put a stranglehold around Afghanistan.

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