ham·​mer·​lock | \ ˈha-mər-ˌläk How to pronounce hammerlock (audio) \

Definition of hammerlock

: a wrestling hold in which an opponent's arm is held bent behind the back broadly : a strong hold

Examples of hammerlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Burlington at this point, for decades has been essentially a one party town with a relatively conservative Democratic ruling clique that has just had a hammerlock on city politics. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 By the time those two transferred, Jordan had a hammerlock on the position, eventually finishing his freshman season with 597 yards, six rushing touchdowns and Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 The Fighting Illini outlasted the Buckeyes, seemingly putting a hammerlock on one of the four No. 1 seeds. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Mar. 2021 The race to succeed him reflects changing demographics and voter attitudes in Texas that give Democrats hopes of breaking the longtime GOP political hammerlock on the Lone Star State. David Mark, Washington Examiner, 29 Sep. 2020 The Democrats seemed to have an even firmer hammerlock on Congress, having held the House continuously for 40 consecutive years by 1994. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 2 Mar. 2020 After three periods of a deadlock, the Clippers put the Lakers in a hammerlock, outscoring them in the final dozen minutes for a 112-102 victory in a game that epitomized the teams’ current stature in this town. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2019 Republicans would have a hammerlock on a nine-member Court for decades. Scott Lemieux, The New Republic, 10 May 2018 The autopsy commissioned by Benjamin Crump, the Clark family lawyer, is a direct challenge to the hammerlock local authorities have on the flow of information related to the investigations of officer involved shootings. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hammerlock

1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Hammerlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerlock. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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