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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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"For myself when I look at you an' know all the happiness you got a hammerlock on.
Why, say, when I got to the spot where I picked her up, and stopped the train for her to get off, she just flopped down on her knees, got a hammerlock with her arms around my knees, and cried all over my shoes.
Quick assembly of the 3 sections was accomplished by using a combination of hammerlocks, G-hooks, and flat links.