from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wrestling hold in which both hands are thrust under the opponent's arms from behind and then pressed against the back of the opponent's neck.

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  • n. A hold in which the wrestler applying the hold puts their arms under the arms of their opponent and apply's pressure to the back of their opponents head or neck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a wrestling hold in which the holder puts both arms under the opponent's arms and exerts pressure on the back of the neck (illegal in amateur wrestling)


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  • So I hauled away like fury, and the more she choked the wilder she struggled, plunging about the room like a bronco with Flashy clinging on behind for his life, rolling on the floor — it was three falls to a finish, no error, and if I hadn't secured a full nelson and got mounted in the same moment, she'd have done me a mischief.

    Flashman and the Dragon


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