cling to (someone or something)

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cling to (someone or something)

1. Literally, to hold on to someone or something tightly. The little girl clung to her dad's legs and cried as he tried to leave for work. I clung to the side of the rock and prayed that a search party would find me.
2. By extension, to remain devoted to or entrenched in something, often a belief or opinion. In this ever-changing world, you can't just stubbornly cling to your old beliefs.
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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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References in classic literature ?
While you cling to one sin and will not part with it, it must drag you down to misery after death, as it has dragged you to misery here in this world, my poor, poor Hetty.
As bats in hollow of mystic cavern, whenever any of the has dropped out of the string and falls from the rock, fly shrilling and cling to one another, so did they with shrilling cry hold together as they moved.
Even as communities in Tacloban City and other areas ravaged by the storm continue to recover, survivors cling to one hope-government aid for those who are building new homes or repairing damaged ones.
What you do not do is cling to one spot or to one individual--that's counterproductive.
Thousands of homes cling to one of the many hills that encircle La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital.
Dublin are also fueling up the team bus for a journey south, but they can cling to one vital statistic - the one team to lose at home were today's opponents, Tipperary.
As the Blues' ambitions of fifth place are reduced to vapours, it's a good job they can at least cling to one thing which will provide some garnish to a positive season that is nevertheless unlikely to offer any tangible sign of progress.
This happens because gas particles do not cling to one another--they can easily spread out.
As we all painfully know, the Catholic Church reversed her traditional stand in regard to her relationship with the modern world at the council producing a collage of lay and cleric misfit theologians--all claiming to be experts--who are neither traditional nor modern but who at times cling to one or the other end of the spectrum when it seems to suit their own personal ideologies.
Igor Shuvalov's political acumen and knowledge of the Kremlin's Byzantine ways helped him cling to one of the most influential roles in Russia's government on Monday, despite questions over his family's financial dealings.
COMFORT Z Eddie Boylan's famly cling to one another yesterday at the Dublin funeral VICTIM JEddie Boylan FINAL J JOURNEY Mr Boylan's coffin is carried out of St Bernadette's Church TEARSJ Mourners' grief comes pouring out PAINJ Victim's grandson Stephen
Therefore in marriage, "separated" flesh is reunited and a sketch of human community begins to take shape as individuals leave their birth homes, cling to one another, and establish new homes together.
He was offered the chance to cling to one passing safety raft when someone brought up the fact he appeared to be dragging a knee at one point in the match.
As a storm descends on Rodanthe and rocks Jean's guesthouse to its foundations, Adrienne and Paul cling to one another for emotional and physical comfort, sparking a passionate dalliance that will change the course of their lives forever.
As the storm rages around them, Paul and Adrienne cling to one another for emotional and physical comfort.