Definition of stranglehold in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstraNGɡəlˌhōld/


[in singular]
1A grip around the neck of another person that can kill by asphyxiation if held for long enough.
Example sentences
  • 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: he broke the union that held a stranglehold on bus service
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: stran·gle·hold

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