chokehold

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choke·hold

 (chōk′hōld′)
n.
A restraining move in which one person seizes another around the neck in a tight grip, typically from behind.

chokehold

(ˈtʃəʊkˌhəʊld)
n
1. the act of holding a person's neck across the windpipe, esp from behind using one arm
2. complete power or control: the chokehold the mob has had on the town.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chokehold - complete power over a person or situation; "corporations have a stranglehold on the media"; "the president applied a chokehold to labor disputes that inconvenienced the public"
power, powerfulness - possession of controlling influence; "the deterrent power of nuclear weapons"; "the power of his love saved her"; "his powerfulness was concealed by a gentle facade"
2.chokehold - a restraining holdchokehold - a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind; "he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
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He unlocked the box and dipped Michael out with the customary strangle-hold on the neck.
The Swans strengthened their strangle-hold on eighth place in the Premier League leaving the Potters and West Ham trailing six points behind them whilst the showing, an untypical game of two halves from the home side, also set whispers of European football buzzing about the Liberty Stadium.
England's strangle-hold grew when Lichfield prop Justine Lucas grounded from a rolling maul down the left, McLean's goal-kicking radar unusually off-beam.
Unfortunately, due to strangle-hold of pro-Israeli lobbies on US politics and economy, and evangelical Christians\' support for Israel for dubious reasons, the American leaders have been playing a partisan role, backing Israel and giving it ever-increasing military and economic aid even when Israel was obviously in the wrong.
Our national defense is compromised, our economy is stalled, the culture has been decimated, and big government has a strangle-hold on our personal freedoms - and he has two more years to go.
While the Wall Street Journal has written that Western politicians are working on a variety of options to help "loosen Russia's energy strangle-hold on Ukraine" including "larger exports of US-made natural gas".
STANISLAS Wawrinka will bid to break the 'Big Four' strangle-hold on grand slam silverware after edging Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-7(1) 7-6(3) 7-6(4) in a serving war on Thursday to reach the Australian Open final.
An approach into Hosea Kutako International Airport late Tuesday afternoon, again demonstrated the strangle-hold the reigning weather pattern has on our rainfall season.
EU countries support fracking in Algeria's deserts as an alternative to Russia's gas strangle-hold.
had a strangle-hold on publishers, it could charge pretty much whatever it wanted; now that times are different, it has to come up with new revenue to offset disaffected newspapers.
And Mr Williams said: "An elected mayor would be bad for democracy, with too much power concentrated in the hands of one person, and they're most likely to come from a group which already has power in the city so it would strengthen their strangle-hold on power here.
It heralds the breaking of large systems integrators' strangle-hold over government ICT.