embrace someone in a hostile way


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He started punching me, so I ___________ him tight and applied a spinal lock.

I'm looking for a verb that would describe putting your arms around someone during a fight. I'm not particularly happy with 'embrace', since it seems to be only used as a display of positive feelings towards someone.

Would clasp do the trick?
  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English - Northeast US
    "Grab" means to initiate this holding-him. I grabbed him then (while holding him tightly) applied a spinal lock.
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