from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wrestling hold in which an opponent's wrist is gripped and twisted to immobilize the opponent.

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  • n. a wrestling hold in which the opponent is immobilized by having their wrist tightly held.


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  • Using a wristlock, I whipped him around and rammed his face against the wall.

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  • I thought about the pros and cons of releasing the wristlock.

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  • We get to a kind of stalemate on the old wrestling when I have him in a wristlock and then we end up kissing again.

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  • It did give me confidence to learn karate, to learn how to eye a situation, figure out my best tactic, to practice blocking a kick or punch, to learn how to put a wristlock on someone much bigger than I was.

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  • One of Wife's cousins tried to drag me bodily into a conga line but I remembered enough of my Aikido to escape her Chi Na wristlock.

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  • In a lot of ways, the carnival was the perfect place for a kid who barely knew a wristlock from a wristwatch.

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  • Hector tried to grapple with the unencumbered one, a tall athletic-looking figure who with practiced ease caught him in a wristlock and twisted his arm up behind his back.

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  • For answer Pablo snarled and tried to stab him, so Parker, recalling a fragment of the athletic lore of his youth, got a wristlock on the old man and took the dirk away from him.

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  • Daniels takes him down and floats over to a wristlock and Tyler tries to escape but Daniels maintains control.

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  • Anthony tries the wristlock again and Cabana chain wrestles his way completely around Anthony.

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