Definition of stranglehold in English:

stranglehold

noun

  • 1[in singular] A grip around the neck of another person that can kill by asphyxiation if held for long enough.

    • ‘Marco stuttered, and tried to loose the stranglehold at his neck.’
    • ‘The baby has a small teddy bear in a stranglehold.’
    • ‘The arm seized him around the neck, tightening in a stranglehold.’
    • ‘If I were older, I'd catch him and hold him in a stranglehold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He moved quicker than he could trace, and caught him in the same stranglehold.’
    • ‘At that moment, Lior sprinted toward the terrorist, jumped on him, grabbed him in a stranglehold, and dragged him six or seven meters away from the stricken policemen.’
    • ‘The police officer was pulled to the floor in a stranglehold in a ‘violent and frenzied’ attack by a drunken man when she tried to caution him after a fight in Bradford.’
    1. 1.1Complete or overwhelming control.
      ‘in France, supermarkets have less of a stranglehold on food supplies’
      • ‘Shankar himself broke away from the stranglehold of feudal culture where the patron's command was total.’
      • ‘It's another step towards breaking the stranglehold of the big pharmaceutical companies on drug patents.’
      • ‘The stranglehold placed on the regional economy by cuts to services together with delays to modernisation could be catastrophic.’
      • ‘Just when it seemed like the corporations had a stranglehold on the culture industries, counterculture has gone mainstream.’
      • ‘The corporate controlled mass media would essentially have a stranglehold on information distribution if it were not for the Internet.’
      • ‘Caught in an economic stranglehold, the Punjab farmer is sinking deeper into debt with every passing year.’
      • ‘The United States couldn't do enough to put a stranglehold around Afghanistan.’
      • ‘When one is caught in the stranglehold of addiction, all other concerns become a backdrop to the craving for the next dose, the next big fix.’
      • ‘You've let your firm grip on practical considerations become a stranglehold.’
      • ‘The entire electoral setup has turned into a political stranglehold over the masses, offering no means for working people to express their social discontent.’
      • ‘Radcliffe had become a rallying point for the country's other top distance runners, who all agreed to turn out in an attempt to break the African stranglehold at this annual festival.’
      • ‘In fact, a financial oligarchy presides over America, which guarantees its maintenance of political power through the two-party stranglehold.’
      • ‘Japan is caught in a stranglehold of bad debt and deflation.’
      • ‘Their limitations at midfield would catch up with them and a stranglehold of possession would limit their classy forwards.’
      • ‘If sex workers organize, goes the thinking at the local organization, they feel strong enough to break the stranglehold pimps and policemen have on their lives.’
      • ‘A materialist understanding is, instead, an essential step in liberating culture from the stranglehold of commodification.’
      • ‘The attempts to free academia and research funds from the stranglehold of methodological materialism can only help the creationist movement.’
      • ‘His eyewitness account describes the progressive stranglehold devised by the Turks and the sense of fatalism that developed within the city.’
      • ‘In the 1970s and 1980s, the only way to breach the stranglehold of the state was to move to the West or the Gulf countries, where Indian entrepreneurs excelled.’
      • ‘This stranglehold exercised over public information depends upon the control of the media by a handful of corporations.’

Pronunciation:

stranglehold

/ˈstraŋɡ(ə)lhəʊld/