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 ?
The men, for the most part, stood erect and stately with folded arms, awaiting their doom; but the women and children clung to one another, hiding behind the males.
And then there came to my mind, in a sudden, brilliant flash upon the screen of recollection the picture of Ajor as I had last seen her, and I lived again the delicious moment in which we had clung to one another, lips smothering lips, as I left her to go to the council hall of Al-tan; and I could have kicked myself for the snob and the cad that my thoughts had proven me--me, who had always prided myself that I was neither the one nor the other!
He clung to one idea -- that of his happiness, destroyed, without apparent cause, by an unheard-of fatality; he considered and reconsidered this idea, devoured it (so to speak), as the implacable Ugolino devours the skull of Archbishop Roger in the Inferno of Dante.
MOURNERS clung to one another in their grief as they gathered to pay respects to tragic stabbing victim Jodie Wilkinson.
But in a year that has upended political expectations, they have clung to one comforting assumption: Their hold on the House is secure.
James top, and Eoin Distraught friends and family clung to one another as the coffin was brought into the church.
Relatives of the missing wailed and clung to one another, as heavy machinery lifted the largest slabs of concrete away.
THE Syrian families whose loved ones perished in this month's chemical weapons attack may have clung to one thought in the midst of their sorrow: "Surely the world will no longer stand by.
Some experts believe the python clung to one of the boys to feel secure, or as a source of warmth, then killed the other when he tried to intervene.
The man clung to one of the bull's horns while two runners tried to pull the animal away by the tail.
Each time a scared and hungry child clung to one of those plastic bags it was better than Christmas.
As my girlfriend and I clung to one of several small metal stakes protruding from a sheer cliff face with only our enthusiastic guide Pippo for company, I would have taken issue with anyone who argued that you can only enjoy thrills and spills in the Dolomites if you have a pair of skis attached to your feet.
Despite the loss of their village, the 4,500 refugees from Saffuriya and their descendants have clung to one hope: That the Jewish newcomers could not buy their land, only lease it temporarily from the state.
AT A TIME when the Conservative government seemed to be waging allout war on the trades unions, Eric Hammond clung to one central belief.