The Heimlich maneuver is defined as an emergency procedure that dislodges an obstruction in the windpipe by applying strong pressure on a person's abdomen.(noun)
When your friend is choking on his steak and you put your arms around him and apply quick bursts of pressure to the abdomen area to dislodge the food, this is an example of the Heimlich maneuver.
See Heimlich maneuver in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: after H. J. Heimlich (1920-), U.S. surgeon
See Heimlich maneuver in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: After Henry Jay Heimlich (born 1920), American surgeon.
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