To have a stranglehold on something means to have control over it and prevent it from being free or from developing.

These companies are determined to keep a stranglehold on the banana industry...

The troops are tightening their stranglehold on the city...

To succeed, the new paper will need to break the stranglehold of the printing unions.

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