arm wrestling


: a form of wrestling in which two opponents sit face to face gripping usually their right hands, set corresponding elbows firmly on a surface (such as a tabletop), and attempt to force each other's arm down

called also Indian wrestling

Examples of arm wrestling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So how did his quest for professional arm wrestling lead him to the wild world of unintentional ASMR? Kelsey Weekman, Rolling Stone, 26 May 2023 Tennyson ends up completing the workout in 24 minutes (Todd's best time, for reference, is 9:30) and then Todd puts him through a seres of drills to instil him with the right arm wrestling technique. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 12 May 2023 Brody was spotted arm wrestling with a group of children. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 11 Mar. 2023 That's the same as arm wrestling. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 9 Oct. 2021 Try some arm wrestling on TV. Fred Lief, Chron, 24 Dec. 2020 Enjoy friendly competition in a variety of categories–from livestock and agriculture contests to equine events to arm wrestling–not to mention the Great American Speedway Crazy Animal Races, where animals of different species race each other. Laura Drummond, Country Living, 23 Feb. 2023 Some have been competing in professional arm wrestling for over 40 years. Cori Ritchey, Men's Health, 23 Jan. 2023 Nuway Combat is the nation’s leading youth sports combat tournament company, featuring wrestling, jiu-jitsu, judo, arm wrestling, youth MMA and American boxing. The Courier-Journal, 4 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arm wrestling was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Arm wrestling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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