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[ham-er-lok] /ˈhæm ərˌlɒk/
noun, Wrestling.
a hold in which one arm of an opponent is twisted and forced upward behind his back.
Origin of hammerlock
1895-1900; hammer + lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And she wants to maintain her hammerlock on the big interviews.
  • No one has a hammerlock on objectivity and truth because of their intellectual standpoint.
  • Blog comments have the power to hammerlock one's attention.
  • On cue, an actor-usher took my arm, then grabbed me around the neck in a hammerlock and forcibly led me to a seat on the floor.
British Dictionary definitions for hammerlock


a wrestling hold in which a wrestler twists his opponent's arm upwards behind his back
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