get ahold of (one)

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get ahold of (one)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer got ahold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister got ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To successfully make contact and communicate with someone. I wasn't able to get ahold of my brother over the weekend, I hope he's alright.
3. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Well, once major corporations get ahold of politicians, it's easy to predict where that senator's or congressperson's interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely gotten ahold of John.
4. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel got ahold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: ahold, get, of
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With all of the technology that enables these individuals to get ahold of your personal information you can never really be comfortable," said Toporoff.
One challenge involved Tyrone Olson, and since Dave had no idea of how to get ahold of T-Bone, we saved that investigation for the next day.
The next morning we called Dave to see if he'd found any leads on how to get ahold of T-Bone.
Not the Dodgers, whose representatives in the Dominican Republic altered Beltre's birth certificate in order to sign him in 1994 before the age-16 minimum and before the Yankees and Braves could get ahold of him.