grasp by

grasp someone or something by something

to hold onto someone or something by something. He grasped his friend by the hand and pulled him to safety. Sharon grasped the dog by its collar and held on tight.
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Infants born with webbed hands in which their thumb is tightly adducted to the index finger can have full restoration of grasp by liberation of their thumb.
The divers, who descended in elevator cages, were attached to the Grasp by oxygen and radio lines, and other divers stood by on the ship in case one of those beneath got hurt or tangled in the wreckage.