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
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Historical Examples of half-nelson

  • 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.

  • 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

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 neckCompare full nelson
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