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  1. stranglehold, chokehold, throttleholdnoun

    complete power over a person or situation

    "corporations have a stranglehold on the media"; "the president applied a chokehold to labor disputes that inconvenienced the public"

  2. chokehold, choke holdnoun

    a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind

    "he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"


  1. chokeholdnoun

    A grappling hold around the neck that cuts off the flow of air to the brain

    He put his opponent in a chokehold.

  2. chokeholdnoun

    A strong and powerful grasp on something

    Your country has a chokehold on our economy.


  1. Chokehold

    A chokehold, choke, stranglehold or, in Judo, shime-waza is a general term for grappling hold that critically reduces or prevents either air or blood from passing through the neck of an opponent. The restriction may be of one or both and depends on the hold used and the reaction of the victim. The lack of blood or air may lead to unconsciousness or even death if the hold is maintained. Chokeholds are used in martial arts, combat sports, self-defense, law enforcement and in military hand to hand combat applications. They are considered superior to brute-force manual strangling, which generally requires a large disparity in physical strength to be effective. Rather than using the fingers or arms to attempt to crush the neck, chokeholds effectively use leverage such as figure-four holds or collar holds that use the clothes to assist in the constriction. . The terminology used varies, in most martial arts, the term "chokehold" or "choke" is used for all types of grappling holds that strangle. This can be misleading as most holds aim to strangle not choke with the exception of "air chokes". In Judo terminology, "blood chokes" are referred to as "strangleholds" or "strangles" while "air chokes" are called "chokeholds" or "chokes". In forensics the terms "strangle" and "stranglehold" designate any type of neck compression, while in law-enforcement they are referred to as "neck holds".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chokehold in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chokehold in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of chokehold in a Sentence

  1. Eric Adams:

    I’m opposed to the chokehold ... but when you’re saying you cannot touch someone’s chest ... it’s just not realistic.

  2. The Real PR Team:

    If this got outa hand any kind of way I apologize.-Mayoral Candidate Melvin Slack to Activist Greshun De Bouse concerning putting her in a chokehold.

  3. Lawrence Kobilinsky:

    It's a very dangerous chokehold, because you can damage the very delicate structures in the throat, ... There are a lot of things police can do to prevent something like this.

  4. Dustin Roberts:

    I did two tours in Iraq and I never had to put a chokehold on anyone, that’s the craziest thing I’ve ever done.

  5. Stuart London:

    He indicated he never used a chokehold, he used a takedown technique he was taught in the academy. He said he never exerted any pressure on the windpipe and never intended to injure Mr. Garner.

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