Definition of chokehold in English:

chokehold

noun

  • A tight grip round a person's neck, used to restrain them by restricting their breathing.

    ‘the police have banned chokeholds’
    figurative ‘the southern delegates had the convention in a chokehold’
    • ‘Kenny freed himself and came around me, with a wild glow in his eyes, to put me in a tight chokehold.’
    • ‘A key chokehold for the oil monopolies is the refining of crude oil in the United States.’
    • ‘He slings his arms around my shoulder and squeezes my neck in what can easily be considered a chokehold.’
    • ‘Observers and protesters also allege that police used illegal chokeholds on numerous people.’
    • ‘‘He jumped on the bear's back and gave it a chokehold,’ a police dispatcher said.’
    • ‘And this upcoming Saturday night, we will see if Jones still have any of his greatness left or that maybe, Father Time has finally grabbed a chokehold on Jones.’
    • ‘By the time I got a ringside seat, so to speak, I watched as she applied a chokehold on his neck and hear her tell him to open his hand.’
    • ‘At that, she says police applied a chokehold and cuffed her.’
    • ‘But the underlying motive is to prevent challenging opinions from spreading and coalescing through the chokehold of state-sponsored control.’
    • ‘No such luck for the public when a public employees union has a chokehold on the public entity.’
    • ‘Because the carriers subsidize most phone purchases with big rebates tied to service agreements, they have something of a chokehold on the phone market.’
    • ‘One jumped out of the page and grabbed a chokehold around my neck and demanded that I read it.’
    • ‘She also held Abigail in a chokehold that could snap the nurse's neck with enough pressure - not a difficult task for Saya.’
    • ‘The same guard then used a chokehold to restrain Finley.’
    • ‘Caught unaware, the Ace fell once more into the Beast's whims as it quickly appeared before him and then grabbed the young man by the neck in a vicious chokehold.’
    • ‘‘Good reflexes; that's what all the professionals say,’ he answered, he voice steady as he absorbed the impact and grasped for a chokehold at her neck.’
    • ‘‘Well, that was a bit freaky,’ he grinned, reaching up to loosen the chokehold that Gabby had around his neck.’
    • ‘As I'm getting ready to get out my math book, an arm suddenly wraps itself around my neck in a chokehold.’
    • ‘The Generals lay their men out on white cloth, and put chokeholds on their hearts.’
    • ‘Before the guard had even realised what was happening, Leanne had jumped on his back, squeezing her arms around his neck in the strongest chokehold she could muster up.’

Pronunciation

chokehold