Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A restraining move in which one person seizes another around the neck in a tight grip, typically from behind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grappling hold around the neck that cuts off the flow of air to the brain
  • n. A strong and powerful grasp on something

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. complete power over a person or situation
  • n. a restraining hold; someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind

Etymologies

choke +‎ hold (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Prosser, 68, then grabbed her by the neck in what she called a "chokehold," but she told detectives she didn't remember Prosser squeezing or applying any pressure.

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  • Brian Williams, women's self-defense instructor, demonstrates how to break a chokehold to Erin Clair, a sophomore and double major in pre-med physiology and anthropology.

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  • Stewart showed them how to slip a grip and how to break a chokehold, and that their canes might be their best bet for help.

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  • Spot, are you concerned at all about the 110 "chokehold" expansion project about to commence?

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  • Japanese outfield hopeful So Taguchi could learn to say "chokehold" in English,

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  • Eshoo, who is a co-sponsor of network neutrality legislation, also warned the deal could result in a "chokehold" over the transfer of information over the Internet.

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  • Taylor cited a "chokehold" on advertising created by the economic slowdown for Citadel's bankruptcy.

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  • "There is no indication that a 'chokehold' was ever applied to Mr. Ryan or that excessive/undue force was used at any point during his restraint," Reilly said in a written statement.

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  • VZ) is aggressively attacking AT&T's 3G wireless coverage in a series of suggested that subscribers should engineer a "chokehold" on the AT&T network by using bandwidth-intensive applications at a coordinated time, the meme spread via Twitter and Facebook and was picked up by the mainstream media, ensuring, that by the end of the week, every sentient American was aware, at a minimum, that a lot of other people thought AT&T's wireless data service sucks.

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  • The chokehold was commonly used by Los Angeles police officers, as well as by police departments across the country, to subdue suspects.

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