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 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, "Open House seat pits 'new' Texas against 'old'," 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, "‘Okay, Boomer’: The Politics of Middle Age," 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, "Column: Lakers take ownership of the glitz while the Clippers simply own the game," 22 Oct. 2019 Republicans would have a hammerlock on a nine-member Court for decades. Scott Lemieux, The New Republic, "Democrats: Prepare to Pack the Supreme Court," 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, "Here's another result of the Stephon Clark autopsy – cops can't investigate cops | The Sacramento Bee," 31 Mar. 2018 The hammerlock that the National Rifle Association has on American politics and culture is the problem. Marcos Breton, sacbee, "This Monterey teacher just proved exactly why arming instructors is such a dumb idea | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Mar. 2018 In UVa's regional is Cincinnati, which owns the No. 2 seed in the South Regional , and routinely puts a hammerlock on the opposition's scorers. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, "March Madness 2018: Virginia is No. 1, but will it win? -- Bill Livingston," 13 Mar. 2018 His 1-22 record with the Browns is like someone has a hammerlock on his head and squeezes harder after each loss. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Browns evacuated from London team hotel in middle of the night because of gas leak, walk-through delayed," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hammerlock

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hammerlock was in 1897

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2 Oct 2020

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“Hammerlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammerlock. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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