Definition of nelson noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈnelsn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈnelsn//
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a move in which a wrestler stands behind his/her opponent, puts one or both arms underneath the opponent’s arm(s) and holds the back of the opponent’s neck. When done with one arm it is called a half nelson, and with both arms a full nelson. Word Originlate 19th cent.: apparently from the surname Nelson, but the reference is unknown.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nelson