"chokeholds" in the noun sense
1. stranglehold, chokehold, throttlehold
complete power over a person or situation
"corporations have a stranglehold on the media"
"the president applied a chokehold to labor disputes that inconvenienced the public"
2. chokehold, choke hold
a restraining hold someone loops the arm around the neck of another person in a tight grip, usually from behind
"he grabbed the woman in a chokehold, demanded her cash and jewelry, and then fled"
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