bear hug

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.

1920–25 Unabridged


verb (used with object), bear-hugged, bear-hugging.
to greet with or hold in a bear hug: eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team.

1955–60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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World English Dictionary
bear hug
1.  a wrestling hold in which the arms are locked tightly round an opponent's chest and arms
2.  any similar tight embrace
3.  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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Example sentences
They clasp in a bear hug and try gaining leverage through quick movement or grasping of what little clothes are usually available.
Sometimes, it was a combination move--neck wrap followed by bear hug.
One example was a coworker who came up behind her and grabbed her holding her in a bear hug.
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