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grab (a)hold of (someone)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer grabbed hold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister grabbed ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Once major corporations grab hold of a politician, it's easy to predict where his political interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely grabbed ahold of John.
3. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: grab, of

catch (a)hold of (someone or something)

To grasp or grip something. Catch hold of that end of the sheet and pull it straight. I tried to catch ahold of her before she fell off the step, but it happened too fast.
See also: catch, of

get ahold of (one)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer got ahold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister got ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To successfully make contact and communicate with someone. I wasn't able to get ahold of my brother over the weekend, I hope he's OK.
3. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Well, once corporations get ahold of a politician, it's easy to predict where that senator's or congressperson's interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely gotten ahold of John.
4. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel got ahold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: ahold, get, of

take (a)hold

1. To grasp or seize something in one's hands. Take hold of this rope and lower yourself out the window. He took ahold of the box and carried it out of the building.
2. To become settled, established, or in control with great power and tenacity. Panic took hold of the crowd when the gunshot was heard. I'm afraid the cancer has taken ahold of his entire body.
See also: take

take (a)hold of (someone or something)

To grasp or seize in one's hands. Take hold of this rope and lower yourself out the window. He took ahold of the box and carried it out of the building. I tried to take ahold of her before she fell off the step, but it happened too fast.
See also: of, take

lay hold of (someone or something)

To grasp or grip someone or something. Lay hold of that end of the sheet and pull it straight. I tried to lay hold of her before she fell off the step, but it happened too fast.
See also: hold, lay, of
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Ahold Delhaize first announced the move in December.
Those units will report to Ahold Delhaize deputy chief executive officer Frans Muller on an interim basis.
The combined company, now called Ahold Delhaize, serves more than 50 million customers per week in the United States and in Europe.
A limited number of future Ahold and Delhaize projects will also need to be divested.
75 Ahold ordinary shares for each Delhaize ordinary share.
According to officials with Ahold USA, which operates the Stop & Shop, Giant Landover and Giant Carlisle chains, the intention is for the Eastside Marketplace employees and management to remain in place running the store under its current banner.
Top executives: Dick Boer, CEO, Koninklijke Ahold N.
EPA is excited to welcome Ahold USA as a Green Power Partner and congratulates them on making the list of the Top 50 largest green power purchases," said Blaine Collison, Director of EPA's Green Power Partnership.
As a result of the agreement, the pending litigation between Ahold and James Miller will be terminated.
Ahold had reportedly agreed to sell half of the 20% to ICA Forbundet Invest AB, the third ICA partner.
Tesco and Sainsbury may be potential buyers for assets of Dutch retailer Ahold after "significant accounting irregularities" were uncovered and chief executive officer Cees van der Hoeven and chief financial officer Michael Meurs resigned.
The Dutch distributor Ahold has announced that Spanish authorities have approved its take-over of the Superdiplo supermarket chain for Euro 1.
Workers to Make Case for Company to Afford Martin's Employees the Same Rights Granted to Other Ahold Workers in U.
ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold Delhaize recently announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA.
Ahold NV is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands serving customers in the United States and Europe.