latch onto

latch onto something

1. Fig. to obtain something. (See also latch on(to someone or something).) I have to latch onto a hundred bucks by Friday night. I latched onto a good book about repairing plumbing.
2. Fig. to begin to understand something. When Fred finally latched onto the principles of algebra, he began to get better grades. Sue doesn't quite latch onto the proper stance in golf.
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latch onto somebody/something

to become closely connected to someone or something I knew she would be perfect in the film, so I latched onto her like a magnet. More and more countries latched onto computer technology as an important tool for development.
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latch onto

Also, latch on to.
1. Get hold of, grasp; also, understand, grasp mentally. For example, They latched onto a fortune in the fur trade, or Carol quickly latched on to how the sewing machine works. [c. 1930]
2. Attach oneself to, join in with, as in Rob didn't know the way so he latched on to one of the older children. [c. 1930]
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West Ham defender Manuel da Costa failed to deal with Malbranque's inswinging delivery but Campbell could not latch onto the loose ball.
A fun weapon is the grappling hook, which Rico can use to latch onto any vehicle -- land, sea or air.
But boxed up with Christian, these roaches used their hooks to latch onto him
Drugs added to animal feed can latch onto dust particles that become airborne and float through farm buildings, according to German scientists investigating health risks.
It's why the terrified and the simple / latch onto one story, / just one version of the great mystery.
Intellectuals] latch onto hip-hop to latch onto hipness.
I am by no means wedded to a model of criticism which would always automatically prioritize such issues, but they do at least provide something which twenty-first century undergraduates can latch onto, and my main reservation about this book is that it can tend to the dry.
Whereas when a more secular, materialist painter wrestles with space and color and paint application and comes up short, you can at least latch onto some vigorous carpentry - even if it leaves splinters in your hands.
When a group first forms, people experiment with different ways of doing things, and when something really seems to work, they latch onto it and use it over and over.
We think that Game Boy Advance Video is a product that kids are really going to latch onto, so we're excited to be working with Majesco to bring our most popular properties to this emerging format.
Davenport is the only American in the tournament, leaving little for the casual Southern California tennis fan to latch onto.
You learned in "Shark-Bite Science" that the blind shark uses suction to latch onto prey.
Previous studies suggested that one receptor is particularly instrumental to bone growth, so his team screened hundreds of compounds to find ones that would only latch onto that cell-surface molecule.
The strength of CSR's BlueCore technology lies in its ability to latch onto and create Bluetooth connectivity with virtually any electronic device.
You have plenty of jumps to make, many hooks and platforms to latch onto, enemies to avoid and vehicles to drive.