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total control over a person or over circumstances; suppression
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(ˈstræŋ gəlˌhoʊld)

1. an illegal wrestling hold by which an opponent's breath is choked off.
2. any force or influence that restricts free actions or development.
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Noun1.throttlehold - 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"
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Particularly it is hard for them to reconcile that their all-important throttlehold over Punjab has ended.
Iran has been promoting non-oil exports in an effort to offset some of the damage done by the throttlehold put on oil exports.
Perhaps the answer lies in the very fact of the post-Minimalist dismantling of the throttlehold of unitary sculpture itself--think Cubism into Constructivism into Minimalism--that is, of all that was incontrovertibly, tangibly high modernist.