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stran•gle•hold



Pronunciation: (strang'gul-hōld"), [key]
n.
1. Wrestling.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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