[chohk-hohld] /ˈtʃoʊkˌhoʊld/

a restraining hold in which one person encircles the neck of another in a viselike grip with the arm, usually approaching from behind:
The suspect was put in a chokehold and was gasping for breath.
a stifling grip; stranglehold:
a company that once had a chokehold over the PC market.
the act of holding a person’s neck across the windpipe, esp from behind using one arm
complete power or control: the chokehold the mob has had on the town

1962, from choke + hold (n.).


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