head·​lock ˈhed-ˌläk How to pronounce headlock (audio)
: 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 Earlier this season, Green was suspended for five games after grabbing Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert in a headlock. Clay Bailey, USA TODAY, 16 Jan. 2024 This situation has had social media in a virtual headlock for weeks. Essence, 11 Oct. 2023 Green had been suspended five games in November for putting Minnesota center Rudy Gobert in a headlock. Jack Magruder, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Todd put Chris in a headlock; Brittany took the gun and shot Todd, killing him. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 The video shows a male student grabbing the female student by her head and holding her in a headlock before shoving her to the ground near a set of lockers. Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Stray Cat grabbed her opponent’s arm, spun it around her back and threw her in a headlock. Alyson Krueger Martina Tuaty, New York Times, 12 Dec. 2023 After a nightmarish month that included a five-game suspension for putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock, Green is making sure the Warriors rediscover their up-tempo ways. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2023 Show more sharing options Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies put a man in a headlock and repeatedly punched him in the head outside his home in East Los Angeles, according to his family. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headlock was in 1876

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“Headlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headlock. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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