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backbreaker

/ (ˈbækˌbreɪkə) /
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noun

a wrestling hold in which a wrestler uses his knee or shoulder as a fulcrum to bend his opponent's body backwards
informal an extremely arduous task

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  • Although he is not on trial for the video, it was the backbreaker in the court of public opinion.

    John Galliano in the Courtroom|Tracy McNicoll|June 23, 2011|DAILY BEAST
  • I jerked and rolled in a movement calculated to throw him to the ground face down, the motion ending in a backbreaker hold.

    The Old Martians|Roger Phillips Graham
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