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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.
Origin of bear hug


[bair-huhg] /ˈbɛərˌhʌg/
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. 2015.
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Examples from the web for bear hug
  • 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.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bear hug

1876, from bear (n.) + hug (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bear hug

bear hug

noun phrase
  1. A crushing embrace (1930s+)
  2. A takeover bid so enticing that directors are forced to accept it (1970s+ Business)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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