- a hold in which pressure is applied to the head, back of the neck, and one or both arms of the opponent.
Origin of nelson
First recorded in 1885–90; special use of name Nelson
- Viscount Horatio,1758–1805, British admiral.
- (John) Byron,1911–2006, U.S. golf player.
- a river in central Canada, flowing NE from Lake Winnipeg to Hudson Bay. 400 miles (645 km) long.
- a seaport on N South Island, in New Zealand.
- a male given name.
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They shared a birthday—July 8—and Nelson always thought that bestowed some sort of personal aura on him.
Nelson wrote a paper at Dartmouth on Standard Oil, which was about as defensive and as deeply researched as you would expect.
Also, when Nelson died and Hugh Morrow did his own oral history project and talked to about 75 Rockefeller associates.
A few days before their arrival, Nelson had had what he called a brush with the enemy.
Nelson said of him with truth, upon this occasion, that he was a first-rate general.
The other ships of the line, looking only to Nelson, continued the action.
Nelson was at this time, in all the excitement of action, pacing the quarter-deck.
The whole kingdom of Naples was thus delivered by Nelson from the French.
C19: from a proper name
- a town in NW England, in E Lancashire: textile industry. Pop: 28 998 (2001)
- a port in New Zealand, on N South Island on Tasman Bay. Pop: 45 300 (2004 est)
- River Nelson a river in central Canada, in N central Manitoba, flowing from Lake Winnipeg northeast to Hudson Bay. Length: about 650 km (400 miles)
- Horatio, Viscount Nelson. 1758–1805, British naval commander during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. He became rear admiral in 1797 after the battle of Cape St Vincent and in 1798 almost destroyed the French fleet at the battle of the Nile. He was killed at Trafalgar (1805) after defeating Villeneuve's fleet
- Willie. born 1933, US country singer and songwriter
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Word Origin and History for nelson
type of wrestling hold, 1875, apparently from a proper or surname, but no one now knows whose.
Presently, Stubbs, the more skilful as well as the more powerful of the twain, seizes the luckless Jumper in a terrible gripe, known to the initiated as the Full Nelson. ["Lancashire Recreations," in "Chambers's Journal," April 24, 1875]
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