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full nelson

  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.
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Origin of full nelson

First recorded in 1920–25
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Historical Examples of full nelson

  • 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

  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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