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  • n. Alternative spelling of bear hug.
  • v. To embrace in a bear hug.


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  • Once Washington gains a toehold-and considering government controls 49 cents on every health care dollar spent, by "toehold" I mean "bearhug" - it is an inescapable reality that whatever it comes up with will be expansive and expensive.

    Reason Magazine

  • Animal Collective push up Merriweather Post Pavilion's vinyl release note: "bearhug" = summertime clothes!


  • But Lodwick, who gave Spillane a bearhug after the finish, felt the team joy, too.

    Two moves impact U.S. gold, silver in Nordic combined

  • Not infrequently, when an attack is averted, it is done so by these security guards—ubiquitous in Jerusalem—who spot an attacker and bearhug him to the ground.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • It was one of the odder embraces in American politics since Sammy Davis Jr. hugged Richard M. Nixon at the Republican Convention 32 years ago this summer: George W. Bush and John McCain's back-wrapping bearhug and side-head-smooch on the campaign trail last week.

    Obama Campaign Mapping Out Aggressive Counter-Attack Against Swift-Boating

  • At the president's house, Holbrooke, who is 6 feet 2, gave the dapper, coiffed Zardari a big bearhug.

    Our Man in Afghanistan

  • Papelbon grabbed his cap and got a bearhug from catcher Jason Varitek, who was lifted up by Papelbon.

    This title run had no curse, huge expectations

  • As he mingled with reporters in the cramped aisle of the plane, he would often grab and wag their cheeks with both hands, palm the top of balding pates, hold their heads, vicelike, between his two hands for five seconds at a shot, or give them a spontaneous bearhug.

    George W. Wins The 'Phony War'

  • The leap propels her into first place -- and just as important, into a smothering bearhug from her famed coach, whose arms have trained and embraced the world's greatest gymnasts.

    Bounds For Glory

  • With that, the scrappy 5-4 Welshman, already a little tipsy from all the celebrating, toddled toward the affable 6-2 Irishman with the reddened eyes and gave him a great, big ol 'bearhug. - European aplomb too much for USA


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