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

Pirates hitting coach Rick Eckstein got Bell in a headlock. Joe Kay, chicagotribune.com, "Pirates and Reds brawl — 'I wouldn’t be surprised if it sparks again’ — as Yasiel Puig gets traded to the Indians," 31 July 2019 Esparza wrapped his left arm around Tabares’ neck, placing him in a headlock. Priscella Vega, Daily Pilot, "Federal judge upholds Huntington Beach officer’s use of deadly force in 2017 shooting," 31 July 2019 For instance, a 250-pound employee allegedly assaulted two boys, ages 15 and 16, in January by putting them in headlocks and chokeholds. oregonlive.com, "After riot and state investigation, Utah facility where Oregon foster youth was hurt will close," 10 July 2019 The fight quickly escalated, with Hunter allegedly putting his son in a headlock. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Wendy Williams' Son Pleads Not Guilty to Assaulting His Dad Kevin Hunter," 25 June 2019 The tie-up with Green, which resulted in a personal foul on Stephenson and free throws for Green, looked part headlock and part jump ball. Michael Singer, USA TODAY, "Headlock or jump ball? Explaining controversial Lance Stephenson-Jeff Green play," 23 Apr. 2018 Reality put perception in a headlock Tuesday, however, with the release of a new CNN national poll that has O’Rourke and Buttigieg tied for fifth place in the Democratic race, with each of them at 5 percent. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Contrary to perception, O’Rourke and Buttigieg are in the same spot," 5 June 2019 Will was then tackled by several men and put in a headlock. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Teen "Egg Boy" Will Connolly Went Viral for Egging a Senator. Now, He Plans to Donate to Christchurch Mosque Shooting Victims," 18 Mar. 2019 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

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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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