bear hug

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bear hug

1. a wrestling hold in which the arms are locked tightly round an opponent's chest and arms
2. Commerce an approach to the board of one company by another to indicate that an offer is to be made for their shares
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Hertzberg, who was known in Sacramento as a generous giver of bear hugs, emerged from the meeting arm-in-arm with his political opponent.
Offering up the award to his ``Last Samurai'' co-star Ken Watanabe after exchanging several bear hugs, Cruise gushed, ``It is not often that you get a chance to share the screen with an artist from an entirely different culture and in the process I was able to make a very good friend.
Then word of his impending return arrived Wednesday morning, and the Woodland Hills couple realized they could save on overseas postage and deliver the package - plus a few bonus bear hugs - in person.