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[ham-er-lok] /ˈhæm ərˌlɒk/
noun, Wrestling.
a hold in which one arm of an opponent is twisted and forced upward behind his back.
Origin of hammerlock
First recorded in 1895-1900; hammer + lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was the hammerlock and he soon had the hunchback begging for mercy.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • Thus through no great skill of my own the fortunes of war had given me a hammerlock on him.

    Gold Stewart White
  • I turned around and I was holding Oswald trying to get his arm up behind him in a hammerlock, and I heard it click.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • The business with hammerlock Smith had taken more time than I had thought it would.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The odd thing was that the psychopathic twist which got hammerlock Smith into trouble had been able to get him out of it again.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • When Fred had him tight, he caught one of Jock's straying arms, bent it slowly behind his back, and contrived a hammerlock.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Pandit caught the fanatic's wiry arm and brought it behind his scrawny back in a hammerlock.

British Dictionary definitions for hammerlock


a wrestling hold in which a wrestler twists his opponent's arm upwards behind his back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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