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attach to

1. To connect two things. In this usage, an item is mentioned between "attach" and "to." Can you please attach this button to my sweater? Please be sure to attach a cover page to your report.
2. To connect oneself to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." Please be sure to attach yourself to your luggage at the airport.
3. To involve oneself with another person or group—often in an overbearing way. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I hope my little cousins don't try to come with us—they're always attaching themselves to me, and it's so annoying.
4. To involve oneself with another person or group. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I heard that Jon has attached himself to a new lady—is that true? Teddy has attached himself to the drama club this semester.
5. To have an emotional connection to someone or something. This usage always uses the form "attached." I really miss my ex-boyfriend at Christmastime—I guess I'm still attached to him after all. I'm pretty attached to the idea of a tropical vacation—I've even been picturing myself on the beach! I tried to give away my daughter's childhood teddy bear, but apparently she's still quite attached to it.
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no strings attached

With or having no special conditions, restrictions, obligations, or arrangements that must be met. Take advantage of our huge summer sale, where you can earn up to $5,000 cash back. No strings attached! Beware of any deal that claims to come with no strings attached.
See also: attached, string

attach oneself to someone

1. Fig. to become emotionally involved with someone. Fred seems to have attached himself to a much older woman, who has captured his attention. Somehow, Susan has attached herself emotionally to Tom, and she is distraught over his being away.
2. Fig. to follow after someone; to become a constant companion to someone. Andy's little brother attached himself to Andy and his friends—much to Andy's distress. John attached himself to his older brother and drove him crazy.
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attach oneself to something

1. Lit. to connect or secure oneself to something. During the storm, Tony attached himself to the helm and proceeded to steer the boat. The caterpillar attached itself to a branch and began to spin its cocoon.
2. Fig. to choose to associate with a particular thing, group, or organization. Ron attached himself to a volleyball team that practices at the school. The manager attached himself to the luncheon club and became a regular fixture there.
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attach to someone

Fig. [for blame, importance, guilt, fault, etc.] to become "fixed" onto someone or an organization. A lot of guilt attaches to Henry for his part in the plot. Most of the blame for the accident attaches to Roger.
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attach to something

[for something] to be meant to fit onto or into something. This one attaches to this other one right at this point. This part should have attached to the back of the desk, but it didn't fit.
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lock something onto someone or something

 and lock something on
to attach or fix something onto someone or something. The cop locked the handcuffs onto the mugger and led him away. Andy locked his bicycle onto the signpost. See that bike rack? Lock your bike on and keep an eye on it.
See also: lock

no strings attached

Without conditions or restrictions, as in They give each of the children $10,000 a year with no strings attached. This expression dates from the mid-1900s, although string in the sense of "a limitation" has been used since the late 1800s.
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no strings attached

no special conditions or restrictions apply to an opportunity or offer. informal
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(with) no ˈstrings attached

(also without ˈstrings) with no special rules, conditions or limits: I got a loan of $5 000 with no strings attached.It was a relationship without strings (= without responsibility or commitment) which suited them both.
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attach to

1. To fasten or secure something to something: The electrician attached the wires to the socket. The carpenter attached the knobs to the cabinet doors.
2. To adhere, belong, or relate to something: It is not a very difficult job, and not much responsibility attaches to it.
3. To affix or append something to something: I attached all of my receipts to my spending report.
4. To ascribe or assign some quality to something: Several ambassadors said they would walk out of the meeting, but our officials attached no significance to the threat.
5. To associate closely with someone or something: I quickly attached myself to the chess club when I started school.
6. To be bound emotionally to someone or something: I'm still attached to that old sweater I used to wear in high school.
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d) Investment credit: Complete Form 3468, Investment Credit, and attach to the return.
Attach Plus enables users to easily encrypt their documents or print output by converting the document as it is attached to an e-mail with a few simple mouse clicks.
Attach Plus was originally designed to meet the needs of Financial Advisors to reduce the time and complexity it takes to secure a digital document.
Processes include high accuracy component assembly with eutectic solder, epoxy, or laser attach, precision ball and wedge bonding, and active optical align and attach.
Because set-up time and fixturing are minimized by "soft tooling" achieved with Windows(R)-based software, it is easy to make changes in bond position and shape to match the desired attach process, allowing NxGen to adapt quickly to unique customer requirements.
For the years in question, the taxpayer did not attach either Form 8332 or any document containing the required information to his return.
The user can attach, detach, and view linked documents in QuickBooks with a click of the mouse -- the process of linking documents is as simple as adding an attachment to an e-mail.
Another distinction is that NAS creates multiple isolated islands of storage which cannot be managed as a single resource, much in the same way that Direct Attach operates today.
The Federal government has the authority to attach a hen on all of a taxpayer's property for unpaid taxes, penalties and interest.
If P did not attach the statement to its 1989 return (which, incidentally, was due before final regulations requiring the statement were issued), it must either amend that return to include the statement or file the statement with its 1991 return; otherwise, the entire $400 loss will be subject to disallowance.
Serial-Attached SCSI is being developed to address anticipated I/O and direct attach storage requirements.
A common backup method is to attach tape libraries directly to the NAS.
channel development provider, announced a new services sales program that it is launching with Sun Microsystems' services division called Attach Rate Attack.
We like the flexibility of assigning additional gigabytes of iSCSI storage to a machine, and if I need more I just attach another device to the SANRAD switch and allocate that space to the servers.
Today ZeroDesktop launches ZeroPC Cloud Attach (TM), a Google Chrome Browser extension that allows you to email any number of files or folders of any size with complete ease straight from your Gmail account.