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nelson (n.)

type of wrestling hold, 1875, apparently from a proper or surname, but no one now knows whose.

Presently, Stubbs, the more skilful as well as the more powerful of the twain, seizes the luckless Jumper in a terrible gripe, known to the initiated as the Full Nelson. ["Lancashire Recreations," in Chambers's Journal, April 24, 1875]

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Definitions of nelson
1
nelson (n.)
any of several wrestling holds in which an arm is passed under the opponent's arm from behind and the hand exerts pressure on the back of the neck;
2
Nelson (n.)
English admiral who defeated the French fleets of Napoleon but was mortally wounded at Trafalgar (1758-1805);
Synonyms: Horatio Nelson / Viscount Nelson / Admiral Nelson / Lord Nelson
From wordnet.princeton.edu