Meaning of “bear hug” in the English Dictionary

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"bear hug" in British English

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bear hugnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbeə ˌhʌɡ/ us /ˈber ˌhʌɡ/

Examples from literature

  • He clapped his arms around me at once and gave me a bear hug. 
  • He put his long arms around her waist and gave her a good bear hug. 
  • She picked Teddy up and gave him a great bear hug. 
  • Tom greeted him with a bear hug. 
  • You know we care to go, laughed Mary Jane and she jumped up and gave him a big bear hug. 

(Definition of “bear hug” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bear hug" in American English

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bear hugnoun [ C ]

us /ˈbeər ˌhʌɡ/

the action of putting your arms around someone and holding that person against you tightly

(Definition of “bear hug” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bear hug" in Business English

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bear hugnoun [ C ]

uk us FINANCE

an extremely high offer to buy a company, which shareholders will want management to accept:

In takeover terms, a bear hug is not hostile, but it puts pressure on the target.

(Definition of “bear hug” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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