To give one a Cornish hug.

A Cornish hug is a lock in the art of wrestling, peculiar to the Cornish-men, who have always been famous for their skill in that manly exercise, which they still continue to practise.

Entry taken from Provincial Glossary, edited by Francis Grose.

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