bear hug

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(bârhug′)

Inflections of 'bear hug' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ˈbear ˌhug, n. [countable]
  • a very forceful, tight hug:He gave him a bear hug that took his breath away.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bear hug′, 
    1. a forcefully or heartily tight embrace.
    2. Sport[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

    bear-hug  (bârhug′),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -hugged, -hug•ging. 
    1. to greet with or hold in a bear hug:eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team.
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    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. 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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