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 ?
With the strength of desperation he clung to the cordage, seeking frantically to entangle his legs and body in it.
Momentarily stunned, Gahan's fingers slipped from their hold upon the cordage and the man shot downward through the thin air of dying Mars toward the ground three thousand feet beneath, while upon the deck of the rolling Vanator his faithful warriors clung to their lashings all unconscious of the fate of their beloved leader; nor was it until more than an hour later, after the storm had materially subsided, that they realized he was lost, or knew the self-sacrificing heroism of the act that had sealed his doom.
It was the human contact she clung to, but she was not the less sinking into the dark gulf.
The nurse was not wet on the lower part of her dress, but Kitty was drenched through, and her soaked clothes clung to her.
All that day I floated up and down, now beaten this way, now that, and when night fell I despaired for my life; but, weary and spent as I was, I clung to my frail support, and great was my joy when the morning light showed me that I had drifted against an island.
Tarzan still clung to the fuselage directly behind the pilot's seat.
At such moments, starting from a windward roll, I would go flying through the air with dizzying swiftness, as though I clung to the end of a huge, inverted pendulum, the arc of which, between the greater rolls, must have been seventy feet or more.
But through it all I clung to the one idea--I MUST GET THE JIB BACKED OVER TO WINDWARD.
His feet clung to the earth with the same tenacity that he clung to life.
All night Momaya clung to her perch, for although the lion sought other prey after a short time, she dared not descend into the darkness again, for fear she might encounter him or another of his kind; but at daylight she clambered down and resumed her way.
They clung to the tree until they found the water flowing the right way, when they let go and permitted the raft to resume its voyage.
They clung to this anchorage until the water resumed its proper direction, when they allowed the raft to drift on.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Teenagers, who were skating as clung to a public bus in EyE-p district of ystanbul on Saturday, terrified the people, who en route on streaming traffic.
Student Rachel Turner may have clung to the ledge before her fatal fall
A DELIVERY driver clung to his vehicle as a thief tried to drive off with it in Warwickshire.