head·​lock | \ ˈhed-ˌläk \

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

Adam Sobanski is accused of putting a patron who was with Reinhart’s party that night in a headlock and choking him as bouncers were trying to escort Reinhart out of the bar. George Houde, chicagotribune.com, "'American Idol's' Haley Reinhart found guilty of hitting bouncer during Palatine bar fight," 26 Feb. 2018 Hubertz punched the man in the face a few times, but the man was able to get Hubertz into a headlock and walk him out of the apartment, the complaint said. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Elm Grove man pretended to be a cop to get into his ex's apartment. Then he flew into a violent jealous rage, police say.," 21 May 2018 Esparza attempts to use a headlock to reverse but ends up back on the bottom. Todd Martin, latimes.com, "Claudia Gadelha vs. Carla Esparza live round-by-round coverage," 10 June 2018 Headloca What police described as a domestic situation ended with a Mableton man putting a woman in a headlock outside a taco joint June 2. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Crimes of Cobb: Man slips and accidentally shoots gun near apartments," 13 June 2018 According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed by Schertz police, Inmon allegedly choked his 21-year-old stepson in a headlock during an argument. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Area school board member charged with felony theft, perjury," 8 June 2018 As the Warriors sauntered toward their locker room, Iguodala put Curry in a vicious one-arm headlock, pulled him head-to-head and chattered sincerely into his ear. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the end, Warriors’ Stephen Curry was a difference-maker," 6 June 2018 Dominique subdued the plaintiff in a headlock, therefore preventing the plaintiff from breathing and allowing Sandy to continue his vicious attack. Jose Lambiet, miamiherald, "Court papers: Diddy paid $35,000 to photographer after bodyguards beat him | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 The female officer was in the suspect’s apartment when the suspect grabbed her in a headlock and repeatedly stabbed her in the neck, Foley said. Washington Post, "Officer in ICU after being stabbed in neck, suspect charged," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of headlock

1876, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of headlock

: a method of holding someone by putting your arm around the person's head

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