half nelson

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

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, 26 May 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half nelson was in 1889

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“Half nelson.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/half%20nelson. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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