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Definition of stranglehold noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a strong hold around someone's neck that makes it difficult for them to breathe Both arms were around his neck in a stranglehold.
  2. 2stranglehold (on something) complete control over something that makes it impossible for it to grow or develop well The company now had a stranglehold on the market. attempts to break the U.S. stranglehold on the industry
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