or ham·mer lock

[ ham-er-lok ]

  1. a hold in which one arm of an opponent is twisted and forced upward behind his back.

Origin of hammerlock

First recorded in 1895–1900; hammer + lock1

Words Nearby hammerlock

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How to use hammerlock in a sentence

  • Pandit caught the fanatic's wiry arm and brought it behind his scrawny back in a hammerlock.

  • The business with hammerlock Smith had taken more time than I had thought it would.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The odd thing was that the psychopathic twist which got hammerlock Smith into trouble had been able to get him out of it again.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage.... | Gordon Randall Garrett
  • It was the hammerlock and he soon had the hunchback begging for mercy.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch | Henry Bennett
  • Thus through no great skill of my own the fortunes of war had given me a hammerlock on him.

    Gold | Stewart White

British Dictionary definitions for hammerlock


/ (ˈhæməˌlɒk) /

  1. a wrestling hold in which a wrestler twists his opponent's arm upwards behind his back

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