half nelson

noun

Definition of half nelson

: a wrestling hold in which one arm is thrust under the corresponding arm of an opponent and the hand placed on the back of the opponent's neck — compare full nelson

Examples of half nelson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tensions were high in this series — a rematch from the 1985 East semis won by Boston, 4-2 — and the bad blood boiled over in Game 3 at the Pontiac Silverdome, when Bill Laimbeer put Larry Bird in a half nelson as the two tumbled to the floor. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Rewind: Young Bad Boys shine in upset bid. Then Larry Bird stole the ball," 26 May 2020

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First Known Use of half nelson

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Half nelson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20nelson. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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