Definitions

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

  • n. Sports An illegal wrestling hold used to choke an opponent.
  • n. A force, influence, or action that restricts or suppresses freedom or progress. Also called throttlehold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A grip or control so strong as to stifle or cut off.

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

  • n. a wrestling hold in which the arms are pressed against the opponent's windpipe
  • n. complete power over a person or situation

Etymologies

From strangle +‎ hold. (Wiktionary)

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