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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Galvin rushed out the kitchen door, but Morris was to have his path stopped as Minnie grabbed hold of him and wrestled him frantically for a full seven minutes.
A knfeman grabbed hold of him while an accomplice hit him and took his wallet.
Someone in the car grabbed hold of him through the window and kept a grip on him as the car sped off.
Drug addict Adam Power, 29, punched and headbutted Raymond Cox, 71, after the OAP grabbed hold of him.
After it happened, Joseph ran over to Mikey, grabbed hold of him and they came running into the house.