Definition of stranglehold in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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 moved quicker than he could trace, and caught him in the same stranglehold.’
    • ‘Marco stuttered, and tried to loose the stranglehold at his neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    control, power, mastery, hold, clutches, domination, dominion, command, influence, possession
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    1. 1.1 Complete or overwhelming control.
      ‘in France, supermarkets have less of a stranglehold on food supplies’
      • ‘Just when it seemed like the corporations had a stranglehold on the culture industries, counterculture has gone mainstream.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The corporate controlled mass media would essentially have a stranglehold on information distribution if it were not for the Internet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His eyewitness account describes the progressive stranglehold devised by the Turks and the sense of fatalism that developed within the city.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Shankar himself broke away from the stranglehold of feudal culture where the patron's command was total.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The entire electoral setup has turned into a political stranglehold over the masses, offering no means for working people to express their social discontent.’
      • ‘This stranglehold exercised over public information depends upon the control of the media by a handful of corporations.’
      • ‘You've let your firm grip on practical considerations become a stranglehold.’
      • ‘A materialist understanding is, instead, an essential step in liberating culture from the stranglehold of commodification.’
      • ‘It's another step towards breaking the stranglehold of the big pharmaceutical companies on drug patents.’
      • ‘Caught in an economic stranglehold, the Punjab farmer is sinking deeper into debt with every passing year.’
      • ‘In fact, a financial oligarchy presides over America, which guarantees its maintenance of political power through the two-party stranglehold.’
      • ‘The attempts to free academia and research funds from the stranglehold of methodological materialism can only help the creationist movement.’
      • ‘The stranglehold placed on the regional economy by cuts to services together with delays to modernisation could be catastrophic.’
      • ‘The United States couldn't do enough to put a stranglehold around Afghanistan.’