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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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Noun1.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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Unfortunately, Gargano was just at the wrong place at the wrong time as Almas pushed him to the ring post while they were on the ring apron and nailed the killer running double knee smash and followed it up with the elevated hammerlock DDT to score the three-count.
Israel's 2006 assault on Lebanon gave Iran's ally, Hizbullah, a hammerlock on Lebanese politics.
He used his fists to keep order; as he put it later, he wound up hitting one newspaperman "squarely in the puss" and putting a hammerlock on a paratrooper who was "threatening everybody with his Sten gun to make them give him champagne." The future diplomat Bruce would share a toned-down recap of that day with the writer Malcolm Cowley: "Ernest ...
FOR A LONG WHILE, CONSERVATIVES have been in the business of lamenting the hammerlock that liberalism has on the American academy.