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stranglehold

noun
     
stran‧gle‧hold [countable]
1 [usually singular] complete control over a situation, organization etc
stranglehold on
Just a few firms have a stranglehold on the market for this software.
break/loosen the stranglehold of somebody (=stop someone having complete control)
2 a strong hold around someone's neck that stops them from breathing

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