hammerlock hammerlock  /ˈhæ mər ˌlɑk/


  • (n) a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arm is twisted up behind his back


  1. Most unpontifically, the Roman Pontiff plunged among them, raising children high in the air, throwing a hammerlock on old acquaintances, hugging and blessing the pilgrims.
  2. As for McCarthy, if he is to break Humphrey's hammerlock on the delegates, he probably will have to challenge the credentials of some of his opponents.



  1. "We learned a hard lesson from the electricity industry: deregulation leads to disaster," Blumenthal said. "A tiny clique with a hammerlock on trash disposal will send rates skyward, as happened with power prices."
    on Sep 7, 2007 By: Richard Blumenthal Source: Forbes

  2. "Kathie Lee Gifford got another hammerlock on Christmas and once again tried to throttle it to death," Washington Post critic Tom Shales wrote in a memorable review.
    on Dec 23, 2004 By: Tom Shales Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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