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full nelson

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noun
  1. a hold in which a wrestler, from behind the opponent, passes each arm under the corresponding arm of the opponent and locks the arms at the fingers or wrists on the back of the opponent's neck.
Compare nelson.

Origin of full nelson

First recorded in 1920–25
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Historical Examples

  • We arrived at the opening at the same moment and I got a "full-Nelson" on the greasy blackguard.

    "Over There" with the Australians

    R. Hugh Knyvett


British Dictionary definitions for full nelson

full nelson

noun
  1. a wrestling hold, illegal in amateur wrestling, in which a wrestler places both arms under his opponent's arms from behind and exerts pressure with both palms on the back of the neckCompare half-nelson
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