a forcefully or heartily tight embrace.
a hold in which one contestant locks both arms around the other from the front in order to make the opponent fall backward.
bear-hugPronunciation: (bâr'hug"), [key]
—v.t., -hugged, -hug•ging.
to greet with or hold in a bear hug: eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team.
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