Pound hug

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Buck Showalter (left) engages Matt Wieters in a pound hug.

The pound hug (also referred to as a pound shake, hip-hop hug, one-armed hug, dude hug, cootie hug, homie hug, shug, hetero hug, bro-grab, bro hug, brah hug, thug hug, man-hug, or a daps) is a stylized greeting, exclusively performed between two people, that consists of a combination of a handshake and one-armed hug. Unlike the traditional hug, which symbolically and effectively removes interpersonal barriers and unites the two persons embracing, the pound hug—performed by keeping the right hand locked in handshake while the left arm wraps around the other's shoulder—interposes the obstacle of the two right arms to the joining of the two bodies.

This type of hug has also been frequently used in urban cities and hip hop culture since at least the 70s. An example of the pound hug aka bro hug can be seen in the Tupac Shakur video "I Get Around" in 1993.

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