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stranglehold

noun [C usually singular]     /ˈstræŋ.ɡl̩.həʊld/ US  /-hoʊld/ disapproving
a position of complete control that prevents something from developing: The two major companies have been tightening their stranglehold on the beer market.Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
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