or ham·mer lock


noun Wrestling.

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
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Examples from the Web for hammerlock

Historical Examples of hammerlock

  • It was the hammerlock and he soon had the hunchback begging for mercy.

  • Thus through no great skill of my own the fortunes of war had given me a hammerlock on him.


    Stewart White

  • I turned around and I was holding Oswald trying to get his arm up behind him in a hammerlock, and I heard it click.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for hammerlock



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