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

First Known Use of half nelson

1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of half nelson was in 1889

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