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Expressing affection physically

mwah

interjection

the sound of a kiss or kisses

kiss

verb

to touch someone with your lips because you love them or have sexual feelings for them

hug

verb

to put your arms round someone to show your love or friendship

pat

verb

to touch someone gently several times with a flat hand to show that you care about them or want to make them feel better

caress

verb

to move your hands gently over someone’s face or body in a way that shows you love them

cuddle

verb

if you cuddle someone, you put your arms round them and hold them close to show that you like or love them

hold

verb

to put your arms around someone because you love them or because they are unhappy

embrace

verb

to put your arms around someone in order to show love or friendship

hold hands

to put your hand around someone else’s hand

nuzzle

verb

to press your nose or face against something gently

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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