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

  • n. Any of several wrestling holds in which the user places an arm under the opponent's upper arm or armpit and presses the wrist or the palm of the hand against the back of the opponent's neck.

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  • n. A score of 111, sometimes considered to be unlucky (supposedly from the belief that Lord Nelson had one eye, one arm and one leg (disputed)).
  • n. A wrestling hold in which a wrestler's arm is locked behind his back.


Perhaps from the name Nelson.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Cricket jargon - in England, 111. This number is considered unlucky, likewise 222 (double nelson), 333 (triple nelson) and so on.

    December 9, 2007