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    usage of "snug"

    Getting a date is hard enough as it is. Fifty-seven percent of the men who post ads donít
    receive even one e-mail; 23 percent of the women donít get a single response. The traits
    that do draw a big response, meanwhile, will not be a big surprise to anyone with even a
    passing knowledge of the sexes. In fact, the preferences expressed by online daters fit
    snugly with the most common stereotypes about men and women.
    This usage of "snugly" confuses me. Snug is defined as:

    snug 1 / snʌɡ / adjective

    1 a room, building, or space that is snug is small, warm, and comfortable, and makes you feel protected SYN cosy : She wished she was back in her snug little house.

    2 someone who is snug feels comfortable, happy, and warm : The kids were warm and snug in their beds.

    3 clothes that are snug fit closely SYN tight : snug jeans

    ó snugly adverb
    ó snugness noun [ uncountable ]


    None of the definitions apply really. This seems to be a non-literal usage of "snug". Can anyone tell me what it means, and if a definition applies here, which one?

    I'm assuming that "snug" means "nicely". (the preferences expressed by online daters fit
    snugly/nicely with the most common stereotypes about men and women.)






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    Re: usage of "snug"

    As a NES, but not a teacher, I would say that version 3 is the one that applies (fits snugly/tightly).

    Hope this helps
    R21

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