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stranglehold (plural strangleholds)
- A grip or control so strong as to stifle or cut off.
- For years the company had a stranglehold on the rest of the industry.
- 2011 July 3, Piers Newbury, “Wimbledon 2011: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in final”, in BBC Sport:
- That record felt like ancient history as the Djokovic of 2011 overcame a slightly edgy start to take a stranglehold on the match.
grip or control so strong as to stifle or cut off
stranglehold (third-person singular simple present strangleholds, present participle strangleholding, simple past and past participle strangleheld)
- to hold a tight grip or control
- 2014, David Richo, When Love Meets Fear: How to Become Defense-less and Resource-full:
- "She does not hold a partner; she strangleholds him. As soon as a man realizes how tightly she holds on, he leaves her."
- clasp, grasp, grip; See also Thesaurus:grasp