bear-hug

verb \ ˈber-ˌhəg \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of bear-hug

bear-hugged; bear-hugging; bear-hugs
: to embrace in a bear hug

First Known Use of bear-hug

1887

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bear hug

noun

Definition of bear hug

: a rough tight embrace

Examples of bear hug in a Sentence

  1. He gave his brother a bear hug.

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First Known Use of bear hug

1846

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BEAR-HUG Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bear hug for English Language Learners

  • : a strong and rough hug : an act of showing affection by putting your arms around someone and squeezing very tightly


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