from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rough, tight hug.
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- n. any especially large, tight or enthusiastic hug, usually friendly and especially between men
- n. in business, a hostile takeover effort in which one firm offers to buy the other firm at a share price too high to refuse
- n. in wrestling, a hold with the arms around the opponent
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- n. a takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest
- n. a wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent
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Gorn's agonized cry was cut short as a powerful bear hug snapped his spine.
Thanks also to A. Paul Cirone, for his help, Robin Stamm, for hers, and a bear hug to Laura Leonard at HarperCollins, friend and publicist, who is always cheering for me.
The bear hug is a crude hold and easily broken by anyone not inhibited by a devotion to fair play, and when attacked without warning from behind, the Saint considered himself absolved from the code of gentlemanly conduct.
If SLOSS was trench warfare, this paper seemed the equivalent of Lloyd George in a bear hug with Kaiser Wilhelm.