stranglehold

In wrestling, a stranglehold is a strong grip around an opponent's neck. Figuratively, you have a stranglehold on something (or someone) when you have complete control over it.

The powerful hold that's also known as a chokehold is used in various martial arts, as well as police and military training. A true stranglehold does just what its name describes, constricting a person's breathing. Even if someone doesn't literally have you by the neck, you might feel a stranglehold being exerted by things like stress, deadlines, or debt.

Definitions of stranglehold
  1. noun
    a wrestling hold in which the arms are pressed against the opponent's windpipe
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    type of:
    wrestling hold
    a hold used in the sport of wrestling
  2. noun
    complete power over a person or situation
    “corporations have a stranglehold on the media”
    synonyms: chokehold, throttlehold
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    type of:
    power, powerfulness
    possession of controlling influence
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