Definition of Half nelson

1. Noun. A wrestling hold in which the holder puts an arm under the opponent's arm and exerts pressure on the back of the neck.

Generic synonyms: Nelson



Definition of Half nelson

1. Noun. (wrestling) A hold in which the wrestler applying the hold puts one arm under the arm of their opponent and applies pressure to the back of their opponents head or neck. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Half Nelson

half eagle
half forward
half gainer
half glove
half gross
half hatchet
half hitch
half hitches
half life
half lit
half marathon
half marathons
half mask
half measure
half mile
half nelson (current term)
half nelsons
half nephew
half niece
half note
half notes
half orphan
half orphans
half page
half past
half register
half rest
half rests
half rhyme
half rhymes

Literary usage of Half nelson

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1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1899)
"Jumbo wandered around on his knees, feinting for another half-Nelson, and making many ... Suddenly, while Ware seemed to be all neck against a half-Nelson, ..."

2. The Book of Athletics by Paul Withington (1914)
"In the half Nelson no attempt is made to slip the arm under the more distant arm ... Thus if your opponent has taken a half Nelson, you should lock his arm ..."

3. Brooklyn Daily Eagle Almanac (1921)
"Mass., USS Pennsylvania, half Nelson and body lock, 54s. BOXING. Bantamweight Class—Fireman LM Gordon. North Bend, O., USS North Dakota, defeated Mess ..."

4. The Minds and Manners of Wild Animals: A Book of Personal Observations by William Temple Hornaday (1922)
"... the "left-hand half-nelson" as well as Glass, and he knew the following words ... left, half-nelson, strangle, head up, nose under arm, and hammer-lock. ..."

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