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half nelson

noun, Wrestling.
a hold in which a wrestler, from behind the opponent, passes one arm under the corresponding arm of the opponent and locks the hand on the back of the opponent's neck.
Compare nelson.
Origin of half nelson
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then she got a half-nelson on Poe's "Raven" and put it out of business.

  • Twice Watson essayed the offensive; first he got a hammer lock, and then a half-nelson.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • All this legislation enables you to get the half-nelson on your employer.

    A Safety Match

    Ian Hay
  • I had to get a half-nelson on you to pull you into the flat that night.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • I remember I succeeded in getting on him what in my college days I learned was called a half-nelson.

    Before Adam Jack London
  • And now Kennell, with his snakelike glide, closed in again, and Ned seized him without warning in a half-nelson.

  • He would let her behold the grandeur of his mind, the half-nelson he had on the infinite, and the memory he had for statistics.

  • When George good-naturedly took him at his word, Joe clinched with him and managed to get a half-nelson hold on him.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for half-nelson


a wrestling hold in which a wrestler places an arm under one of his opponent's arms from behind and exerts pressure with his palm on the back of his opponent's neck Compare full nelson
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