wrist·​lock | \ ˈrist-ˌläk How to pronounce wristlock (audio) \

Definition of wristlock

: a wrestling hold in which one contestant is thrown or made helpless by a twisting grip on the wrist

Examples of wristlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like chokes, arm and wristlocks—standard techniques in judo, jiujitsu, and aikido—are relatively simple to learn but incredibly easy to take too far. Michael Thomsen, Slate Magazine, 10 Aug. 2017 In 2014, a part-time Texas officer broke a high school student’s arm after holding him in a wristlock while trying to break up a fight. Michael Thomsen, Slate Magazine, 10 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of wristlock

1921, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wristlock was in 1921

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“Wristlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wristlock. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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