bear hug

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a forcefully or heartily tight embrace.
Wrestling. a hold in which one contestant locks both arms around the other from the front in order to make the opponent fall backward.



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Origin of bear hug

First recorded in 1920–25

Definition for bear hug (2 of 2)

[ bair-huhg ]
/ ˈbɛərˌhʌg /

verb (used with object), bear-hugged, bear-hug·ging.

to greet with or hold in a bear hug: eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team.

Origin of bear-hug

First recorded in 1955–60
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British Dictionary definitions for bear hug

bear hug


a wrestling hold in which the arms are locked tightly round an opponent's chest and arms
any similar tight embrace
commerce an approach to the board of one company by another to indicate that an offer is to be made for their shares
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