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clinging vine

A person, typically a woman, whose relationship with someone or others is characterized by emotional overdependence and/or helplessness. I was at first attracted to her intrepid sense of adventure, but when we began dating, it became obvious she was a bit of a clinging vine emotionally.
See also: cling, vine

cling to someone or something

 
1. Lit. to hold on tight to someone or something. The child clung tightly to his mother. As she drifted in the sea, she clung to a floating log.
2. Fig. to hold onto the thought or memory of someone or something; to have a strong emotional attachment to or dependence on someone or something. Her immigrant parents clung to the old ways. Harold clung to the memory of his grandmother.
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cling together

[for two or more people or animals] to hold on tightly to each other. The two children clung together throughout the ordeal. The baby baboon and its mother clung together and could not be separated.
See also: cling, together

cling on/hang on by your fingernails

if you are clinging on by your fingernails, you are only just managing to avoid danger or failure (usually in continuous tenses) We're hanging on by our fingernails and hoping that it rains before we lose our entire crop.
See also: cling, on

cling on/hang on by your fingertips

if you are clinging on by your fingertips, you are only just managing to avoid danger or failure (usually in continuous tenses) We were clinging on by our fingertips, desperately trying to stop them scoring another goal.
See also: cling, fingertip, on

clinging vine

An overly dependent person, as in A clinging vine since her marriage, she's never made a decision on her own. Nearly always applied to a woman (or wife), this metaphor for a climbing plant today criticizes dependency rather than, as in former times, praising the vine's fruitfulness.
See also: cling, vine

cling like shit to a shovel

and stick like shit to a shovel
1. in. to stick or adhere [to someone or something] tightly. (Usually objectionable.) That oily stuff sticks like shit to a shovel.
2. in. to be very dependent on someone; to follow someone around. (Often with an indirect object. Usually objectionable.) She’s so dependent. She clings to him like shit to a shovel. He hates her, but he sticks like shit to a shovel.
See also: cling, like, shit, shovel
References in classic literature ?
Then she went towards him, and might have represented a heaven-sent angel coming with a promise that the short hours remaining should yet be filled with that faithful love which clings the closer to a comprehended grief.
In a poem he has to say that there is pride and rivalry between the cities of the earth, and that "the men that breed from them, they traffic up and down, but cling to their cities' hem as a child to the mother's gown.
The men that breed from them they traffic up and down, but cling to their cities' hem as a child to the mother's gown.
With head on fire, I retraced my way to the gallery, and without having found anything more than I had seen on the previous night, the right hold I had taken of my reason drew me to something so important that I was obliged to cling to it to save myself from falling.
Or else, they grasp at sweetmeats, and mock at their childishness thereby: they cling to their straw of life, and mock at their still clinging to it.
Mary, who was hysterical, had evinced a desire to cling to him, and he had sent her sliding across the top of the table to Saxon.
But little Pauline clings to her knees in an agony of terror.
Cover in cling film and place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes.
help He cling on "His decision last BERNSTEIN has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the accusations circulating.
Tear off a sheet of cling film and spread it out on a work surface.
INGREDIENTS: 500ml (18fl oz) double or regular cream 265g (91/2oz) meringues, broken into roughly 2cm (3/4in) chunks FOR THE STRAWBERRY SAUCE: 200g (7oz) fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered Juice of 1 lemon 50g (2oz) icing sugar EQUIPMENT: 23cm (9in) diameter spring-form cake tin INGREDIENTS: 500ml (18fl oz) double or regular cream 265g (91/2oz) meringues, broken into roughly 2cm (3/4in) chunks FOR THE STRAWBERRY SAUCE: 200g (7oz) fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered Juice of 1 lemon 50g (2oz) icing sugar EQUIPMENT: 23cm (9in) diameter spring-form cake tin METHOD: LINE the cake tin with a double layer of cling film and then make the strawberry sauce.
Please don't say cling film because it always ends up falling off
5 meters, features the Bostik gecko, an animal selected for the company's new brand positioning because of its bonding abilities, which allow it to cling to and run up almost any surface.
You'll need: a piping bag, cling film and a baking try.