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nelson Syllabification: nel·son
Pronunciation: /ˈnelsən/

Definition of nelson in English:


A wrestling hold in which one arm is passed under the opponent’s arm from behind and the hand is applied to the neck ( half nelson), or both arms and hands are applied ( full nelson).
Example sentences
  • As Thirteen draped his arm over the boards for support, Nick quickly pulled Thirteen back to his feet, nimbly swung around Six-Three's shoulders behind his back, and snapped a tight full nelson on Six-Three's neck.
  • Matt applies a full nelson with body scissors, and we get a speech from Coach and Al about how people might think Matt's not doing anything right now, but he totally is.
  • Show had Holly in a full nelson when Mysterio tried to attack Show from behind with a chair, but Show punched the chair into Rey.


Late 19th century: apparently from the surname Nelson, but the reference is unknown.

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