Strangle hold

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Stran´gle hold

1.(Wrestling) a hold by which one's opponent is choked. It is usually not allowed.
2.a forceful influence that strongly inhibits freedom of action; as, the oil price jump put a stranglehold on the economy.
Zona believes that Microsoft's entry into this fray breaks what has been, by all appearances, Netscape's stranglehold on the Internet. Microsoft is not licensing any technology from Netscape, and as part of this announcement, several alliances which historically would have been with Netscape were included. The impact of this announcement on Netscape was huge.
SAN FRANCISCO, November 6, 1996 - If Microsoft Corp. CEO Bill Gates were a plumber, he would control all the water in the world and force anyone who wanted some of the precious liquid to cut a deal with him.
With that statement, Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison closed a question-and-answer session with reporters and analysts held here Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld. During his hour-long appearance, Ellison agitated in favor of low-cost, generic network computers and against Windows-based PCs.
"The notion of one company controlling the whole [computer] industry is shocking and unacceptable," Ellison said, referring to what he describes as Microsoft's stranglehold on PCs through its ubiquitous Windows operating systems.
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The plant man was well muscled, heavy, and powerful but my earthly sinews and greater agility, in conjunction with the deathly strangle hold I had upon him, would have given me, I think, an eventual victory had we had time to discuss the merits of our relative prowess uninterrupted.
It was so thick in the confined space that I was compelled to feel my way; and so potent was the spell of Wolf Larsen on my imagination, I was quite prepared for the helpless giant to grip my neck in a strangle hold.
Pakistan has never had a true democracy as education has been deliberately given the lowest priority since the power base through which the feudal rulers exercise their strangle hold will be eroded if Pakistan became a highly educated nation.
The men's performance has been completely the opposite of their female folks, who have had a strangle hold on the race since Scot Yvonne Murray's victory at the 1994 Victoria Games in Canada.
It has been growing for decades, and its roots have a strangle hold on nearly every state institution.
Since the 18th Amendment successive governments have deliberatively not taken any steps in this direction as the federation does not want to release its strangle hold on these resources.
The Syrian Army put a further strangle hold of terrorist forces in Aleppo city but cutting off another supply line.
the heat and heart of the July festival's final day is the Group 1 Darley July Cup, in which Commonwealth Cup winner Muhaarar and Brazen Beau have a strangle hold on the market.
4 per cent last year from 2013 -- but one surprising find in Gartner's study is that the two top competitors are losing their strangle hold on the market.
The US has a strangle hold on every dollar-denominated transaction in the world.
Llan kept the strangle hold on Flint, who did add a further penalty before Tom Jones scored in the corner, Claybrook converting.
because that is where their power base lies and without it they lose their strangle hold.