Meaning of bear hug
- a forcefully or heartily tight embrace.
- a hold in which one contestant locks both arms around the other from the front in order to make the opponent fall backward.
Pronunciation: (bâr'hug"), [key]
— -hugged, -hug•ging.
- to greet with or hold in a bear hug: eager fans bear-hugging the victorious team.
- bear hug (Thesaurus)