Definition of chokehold in US English:

chokehold

noun

  • A tight grip around 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’
    • ‘At that, she says police applied a chokehold and cuffed her.’
    • ‘He slings his arms around my shoulder and squeezes my neck in what can easily be considered a chokehold.’
    • ‘As I'm getting ready to get out my math book, an arm suddenly wraps itself around my neck in a chokehold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘He jumped on the bear's back and gave it a chokehold,’ a police dispatcher said.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Observers and protesters also allege that police used illegal chokeholds on numerous people.’
    • ‘A key chokehold for the oil monopolies is the refining of crude oil in the United States.’
    • ‘One jumped out of the page and grabbed a chokehold around my neck and demanded that I read it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The same guard then used a chokehold to restrain Finley.’
    • ‘The Generals lay their men out on white cloth, and put chokeholds on their hearts.’
    • ‘She also held Abigail in a chokehold that could snap the nurse's neck with enough pressure - not a difficult task for Saya.’
    • ‘Kenny freed himself and came around me, with a wild glow in his eyes, to put me in a tight chokehold.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because the carriers subsidize most phone purchases with big rebates tied to service agreements, they have something of a chokehold on the phone market.’
    • ‘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

/ˈCHōkhōld/