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 As Hlinsky led Larson to the door, Traut pulled Hlinsky by one arm out the door as Larson had him in a headlock. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "One of two convicted in fatal beating outside western Minnesota bar given 7½-year sentence," 4 Aug. 2020 That led to a physical altercation where Rodriguez placed Joshua in a headlock, according to the report. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Florida man arrested, charged with murder after fatally shooting Burger King worker over drive-thru delay, police say," 4 Aug. 2020 Surveillance footage released Saturday shows a man pulling a woman through the door of a building, putting her in a headlock, and throwing her to the ground. Fox News, "New York City man arrested after video shows attempted rape of woman: police," 28 June 2020 When Majors refused to give them her cellphone, biting one of the teens on the hand, Weaver is reported to have stabbed Majors while Lewis held her in a headlock, according to prosecutors. Khrysgiana Pineda, USA TODAY, "Teenager pleads guilty to robbery in mugging and murder of NYC college student Tessa Majors," 4 June 2020 The man placed the victim into a headlock, which left scratches on the victim’s head and rips in his shirt. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "High school classmates have oddball reunion; police draw weapons on man with handgun: Brook Park Police Blotter," 4 Oct. 2019 The video shows Ntlhe initially holding Drinkwater in a headlock, reportedly because the 29-year-old was attempting to talk to his girlfriend. SI.com, "Danny Drinkwater Nightclub Video Emerges in Latest Damaging Blow to Burnley Loan Star," 21 Sep. 2019 At the center of the debate stage were three candidates in their 70s who have had a collective headlock on the upper tier for months. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Key takeaways from the Democratic candidates’ debate," 13 Sep. 2019 At the center of the debate stage were three candidates in their 70s who have had a collective headlock on the upper tier for months. Bill Barrow And Nicholas Riccardi, chicagotribune.com, "Here are key takeaways from the third Democratic presidential debate," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of headlock

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headlock was in 1876

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9 Aug 2020

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“Headlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headlock. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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