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Meaning of stranglehold

stran•gle•hold

Pronunciation: (strang'gul-hōld"), [key]
— n.
  1. an illegal hold by which an opponent's breath is choked off.
  2. any force or influence that restricts the free actions or development of a person or group: the stranglehold of superstition.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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