One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Hold tightly in one's arms.
hug, hold in one's arms, take in one's arms, hold, cuddle, clasp to one's bosom, clasp, squeeze, clutch, seize, grabView synonyms
- ‘He might well be rechristened John Octopus, reflecting his unstoppable urge to enclasp any passing female in a sweaty tentacle.’
- ‘Father and son, hands enclasped, staring at each other for the first time ever.’
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