catch hold of

catch (a)hold of someone or something

to grasp or seize someone or something. See if you can catch hold of the rope as it swings back and forth. I couldn't catch ahold of her.
See also: catch, hold, of
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It is as if an invisible hand had been stealthily uplifted from the bottom to catch hold of her keel as it glides through the water.
And she ran to the wall and tried to catch hold of the flickering shadow; for, to children of five years old, a shadow seems almost as real as a substance.
I'd catch hold of your throat and choke you for half a guinea.
Let him say he was, in so much as a word of one syllable, and I'll either catch hold of his throat and choke him for half a guinea;" Mr.
Cruncher could not be restrained from making rather an ostentatious parade of his liberality--"I'd catch hold of your throat and choke you for half a guinea.
If a man and horse have to cross a broad river, the best plan is for the man to catch hold of the pommel or mane, and help himself with the other arm.
And she would catch hold of it, and shake it quite brutally.
Now you look as if you'd never seen Little Bethel in all your life, as I hope you never will again; and here's the baby; and little Jacob, you get atop of my back and catch hold of me tight round the neck, and whenever a Little Bethel parson calls you a precious lamb or says your brother's one, you tell him it's the truest things he's said for a twelvemonth, and that if he'd got a little more of the lamb himself, and less of the mint-sauce--not being quite so sharp and sour over it--I should like him all the better.
She danced round the church corner, she could not leave off; the coachman was obliged to run after and catch hold of her, and he lifted her in the carriage, but her feet continued to dance so that she trod on the old lady dreadfully.
Minerva sent them a fair wind from the West, {22} that whistled over the deep blue waves {23} whereon Telemachus told them to catch hold of the ropes and hoist sail, and they did as he told them.
Then, with an effort, he was hoisted up until he could catch hold of the floor of the outhouse.
Police said that as the man came towards him, the boy started to run and the man raised his arm in an attempt to catch hold of the boy.
We will hold an enquiry into the case and catch hold of the culprit as soon as possible.
NNA - The Lebanese Army managed to catch hold of a wanted terrorist, from Kataeb Azzam, in Bek by causing him a lethal injury.
I'm sure David Silva and co would run rings round him, but there would be one special moment when he would catch hold of Samir Nasri and leave him crumpled on the ground like a dirty pile of washing.