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And then Mike came tearing up and gave him a hug and a pat on the back.

If he be the man I take him for, he must hug an obstacle to his heart as a Heaven-sent gift.

Should they not hug their pillow as the friend of their bosom?

He became greatly alarmed, and got rid of his sister's hug definitely.

There's Barbara Lee, let's hug her—think how dreadful to have her go away.

What if Sweetheart—she rushed headlong to hug her mother again.

I wish I could hug you all—but it would muss you dreadfully.

It is as if all the feeling pent up in her were finding vent in this hug.

He became greatly alarmed and got rid of his sister's hug definitely.

But behind the frown was a desire, which he restrained, to hug her.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.

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