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.

Origin of full nelson

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby full nelson

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How to use full nelson in a sentence

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

  • The arms locked behind his back in an unbreakable full nelson.

    Starman's Quest | Robert Silverberg

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 neck: Compare half-nelson

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