Definition of Bear hug

1. Noun. A wrestling hold with arms locked tightly around the opponent.

Generic synonyms: Wrestling Hold

2. Noun. A takeover bid so attractive that the directors of the target company must approve it or risk shareholder protest.
Generic synonyms: Takeover Attempt

Definition of Bear hug

1. Noun. any especially large, tight or enthusiastic hug, usually friendly and especially between men ¹

2. Noun. in business, a hostile takeover effort in which one firm offers to buy the other firm at a share price too high to refuse ¹

3. Noun. in wrestling, a hold with the arms around the opponent ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bear Hug

bear a hand
bear away
bear cat
bear claw
bear claws
bear cub
bear cubs
bear down
bear down on
bear down upon
bear false witness
bear fruit
bear hug (current term)
bear hugs
bear in mind
bear in with
bear market
bear markets
bear oak
bear off
bear off from
bear on
bear out
bear paw
bear pit
bear pits
bear spread

Literary usage of Bear hug

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Defense Without Damage: A Photo-Illustrated Guide to Low Liability Arrest by Robert Rail (1995)
"Release from bear hug, Arms Pinned Figure 6.12 - The bear hug can be a vicious maneuver and is ... Figure 6.12 - Beginning from a bear-hug position. ..."

2. Boy Life on the Prairie by Hamlin Garland (1899)
"He shrewdly refused to wrestle " bear hug," or " side- holt," but was quite ready ... At bear hug he could down any youth in his school, and none of the Sun ..."

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