A bear hug is a strong, tight hug. It’s usually given by someone big. For example, a father hugging a child after being away for a long time might be a bear hug. This expression is usually positive. However, it is also used in business to describe something that is *not* so nice. A business ‘bear hug’ is when a big company offers *so* much money to buy a small company that even if the small company doesn’t want it, they have to accept it.
A: I miss human contact so much! Coronavirus is driving me crazy. I want to visit my grandma and give her a huge bear hug.
A: I can’t believe ABC company bought XYZ company! XYZ said they would never sell!
B: Yeah. ABC gave them a bear hug. XYZ had to accept it or their stakeholders would have gone crazy.
Are you looking forward to giving anyone a bear hug?