verb (used with object), bear-hugged, bear-hug·ging.
Origin of bear-hug
Origin of bear hug
Examples from the Web for bear-hug
Although for months he had been expecting just such news Ulick couldn't repress a long whistle; then he gave her a bear-hug.Painted Veils|James Huneker
She was roused by Helen Barrett's bear-hug of congratulations.Wanted: A Husband|Samuel Hopkins Adams
A great, happy "bear-hug" almost choked him, as Phil's arms were clasped about his neck.The Story of Dago|Annie Fellows-Johnston
Frederick Augustus came running into my room and gave me a bear-hug.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess|Henry W. Fischer
Marguerite gave Rose a bear-hug and soon Stubby saw them coming across the lawn.