grab (a)hold of (someone)

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grab (a)hold of (someone)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer grabbed hold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister grabbed ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Once major corporations grab hold of a politician, it's easy to predict where his political interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely grabbed ahold of John.
3. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: grab, of
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JUMPING FOR JOY: Alyson Wren on Binley Road SNATCH AND GRAB: The youngsters approach the torchbearer (left), grab hold of the torch (centre) and then have it wrestled from them.
Mr Morris was able to grab hold of the burglar's high visibility jacket aswell as his balaclava.
They began to speak and Ashley, 17, reached out to grab hold of his father to stop him slipping away.
He said: "I tried to grab hold of something but I couldn't.
Try delivering this line with a straight face: "The last time I was late a fireman had to climb out of my bedroom window and risk his life on a narrow ledge trying to grab hold of my pussy.
Mr Hillstead said when he went to grab hold of his leg again the man threatened to stab him.
She tried to grab hold of her belly board and get back on but in her panic she began splashing which pushed the board further away.
The last time the menorah was vandalized they had to grab hold of the metal candles and bend them down, which required effort.
But former Wales Union and League centre John Devereux said there were benefits to it being tighter, including making the shirts harder to grab hold of.
When we tried to grab hold of it, it tried t o wriggle back down into the inner wing of the car.
Already, there have been whispers of frustration that the new appointee has been slow to grab hold of the piracy issue, the studios' biggest priority, and move it to the top of the agenda in Washington.
Then one fateful night emotions grab hold of Orphea and Lissa.
The Czech-born beauty, 25, was on a beach in Phuket when the wave hit but managed to grab hold of a tree.
But the youngster was able to grab hold of a branch at the edge of the water before being rescued half an hour later.
Not many convert; in discussing Thomas Malthus, Walter Bagehot wrote that few who grab hold of an original idea ever give it up.