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1. A wrestling hold in which the opponent's arm is pulled behind the back and twisted upward.
2. Overwhelming dominance: has a hammerlock on market share.
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(Wrestling) a wrestling hold in which a wrestler twists his opponent's arm upwards behind his back
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or ham′mer lock`,
a wrestling hold in which one arm of an opponent is twisted and forced upward behind the opponent's back.
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|Noun||1.||hammerlock - a wrestling hold in which the opponent's arm is twisted up behind his back|
lock - any wrestling hold in which some part of the opponent's body is twisted or pressured
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