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Cornish Hug

A hug to overthrow you. The Cornish men were famous wrestlers, and tried to throttle their antagonist with a particular grip or embrace called the Cornish hug.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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