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This usage of "snugly" confuses me. Snug is defined as: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.
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.)
As a NES, but not a teacher, I would say that version 3 is the one that applies (fits snugly/tightly).
Hope this helps