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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half-nelson

noun

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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