bear-hug

bear hug

noun
1.
a forcefully or heartily tight embrace.
2.
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:
1920–25

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bear-hug

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

Origin:
1955–60

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bear hug
 
n
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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