Vulcan nerve pinch n.
a one-handed pinch delivered (chiefly by Vulcans) to the base of a person’s neck that immediately renders the victim unconscious
Also Vulcan neck pinch.
[McCoy] Spock gave him a nerve pinch to simulate death.]
Enterprise Incident (Star Trek episode) (transcription)
1968 Assignment: Earth (Star Trek episode) (transcription)
Captain’s log, supplemental. A man in a twentieth century business suit. What is he? Not even Spock’s Vulcan neck pinch could stop him. Without our phasers, he would have over powered all five of us.
1972 Monster Times (vol. 1, no. 2) 16 Feb. 10/2
Spock’s Vulcan nerve pinch, which came across so well on the screen just wouldn’t be visual enough for comics.
1974 Bem (Star Trek: The Animated Series episode) (transcription)
[Kirk] Why don’t you try your Vulcan nerve pinch.
Rap me on the head. Knock me out. Give me a Vulcan nerve pinch. Anything!
Isolation Area in Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction Oct. 90/1
You overpowered me with a Vulcan nerve pinch and took the key away by main force.
Codex viii. 156
2007 N.Y. Times Magazine 24 June 30/2
Suffice it to say that in every dojo I have ever been in, somebody has laughingly tried out the Vulcan nerve pinch on somebody else.
2015 SFX (#260) June 49
Spock deals with ghetto-blasting ’80s hell in his own inimitable way: a timely application of the Vulcan nerve pinch.
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