I have an uncle who is huge and any time he hugs anyone in the family, it's so tight that they are almost choked. We call this the bearhug among the family.
Researching the term, and seeing its origins in wrestling
a wrestling hold in which the arms are locked tightly round an opponent's chest and arms
My question is on this definition
any especially large, tight or enthusiastic hug, usually friendly
Does the large here imply the hugging person is bigger and stronger than the hug-ee (like a bear) or is it the length of time of the hug, or something else?
Does the usage give the impression of Hagrid from Harry Potter? It does to me, but I don't know if thats the right idea.