head·​lock | \ ˈhed-ˌläk How to pronounce headlock (audio) \

Definition of headlock

: a hold in which a wrestler encircles an opponent's head with one arm

Examples of headlock in a Sentence

He had me in a headlock.
Recent Examples on the Web Within seconds, the employee put the man in a headlock and held him down, the video shows. Julian Mark, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 And because nearly every inside shot is contested, there basically has to be a headlock for a foul to be called. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 When Malesiewski attempted a headlock, his opponent slipped behind him. Carter Karels, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Nov. 2020 Turns out Zach's idea of flirting is putting his partner in a headlock and cutting off her air supply. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 2 Aug. 2022 After a hard, past-the-bag slide that prevented Oquendo from completing a double play (normal behavior in those days), Clark got slapped on the helmet by Oquendo and hopped up, put Oquendo in a headlock and started punching him. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 July 2022 Ventura never got a punch in while Ryan grabbed him in a headlock, pounded his head with noogies, went back to the mound – bloody mouth and all – and beat the White Sox. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Because of the sanctions, Chelsea is caught in the U.K. government’s headlock, and its future as a competitive sporting force is in real jeopardy. David Dawkins, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Love put James in a headlock, and James didn’t seem to mind. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headlock

1876, in the meaning defined above

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27 Sep 2022

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“Headlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headlock. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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