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  • Id much rather have a discussion about the environment without all the BS and the tree huggery that goes on.

    Stunts failed

  • I went to hug someone just last night who had remarked on an earlier occasion of huggery that we were “hugging left-handed”.

    the way it actually works « raincoaster

  • ‘They’d have no huggery-muggery work, up in a corner; not they indeed! why should they? for fear of Barry Lynch? who cared for a dhrunken blackguard like that? not she indeed! who ever heard of a Kelly being afraid of a Lynch?

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • In fact, all this huggery talk just made me throw up a little in my mouth.

    idiot-milk Diary Entry

  • But there'll be no huggery-muggery, and schaming; that is, av 'they're said by me.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

  • A craven climbdown by the Coalition in the face of an emotional wave of hysterical tree huggery by people wallowing in the mythology of faerie forests.

    The Guardian World News

  • Preventing huggery is one of the primary reasons for government.

    Mark Shuttleworth

  • Inevitably, such proposals collapse into arrant tree-huggery and eat-your-peasitude.

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Oxytocin is known as the "cuddle-hormone" and facilitates a sense of trust, so get thee to a huggery!

    CNN.com

  • But there’ll be no huggery-muggery, and schaming; that is, av’ they’re said by me.

    The Kellys and the O'Kellys

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  • Huggery is an archaic word which from context means "fight." Here is a usage example from 1622:

    They are much incensed and provoked against the English, and about eight months ago slew three Englishmen, and two more hardly escaped by flight to Monchiggon; they were Sir Ferdinando Gorges his men, as this savage told us, as he did likewise of the huggery, that is, fight, that our discoverers had with the Nausets, and of our tools that were taken out of the woods, which we willed him should be brought again, otherwise, we would right ourselves.

    Mourt's Relation (1622): Samoset Comes to Plymouth

    March 16, 2013