lay hold of


Also found in: Legal.

lay hold of someone or something

to grasp someone or something with the hands. Just wait till I lay hold of Bill! I can't wait to lay hold of that fishing pole. I'm ready to catch a huge fish.
See also: hold, lay, of

lay hold of

Grasp, seize on, as in He clutched at branches, shrubs, anything he could lay hold of to break his fall. [First half of 1500s] Also see get hold of.
See also: hold, lay, of
References in periodicals archive ?
Just as an integrated history that brings together the three currents of indigenization is essential to an accurate understanding of this significant historical development, so acknowledging the theological and political roots of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement as it developed after 1949 is key to a mature Chinese church, in which Chinese Christians fully lay hold of their unique spiritual heritage.
Caesar's portion made claims on our purse, but God's rightful claims lay hold of our heart, mind, soul and strength.
This study takes [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] nponn5qaag to mean that Dioxippus lunged forward at Coragus in a crouching tackle, from which position he was able to lay hold of Coragus' sword arm with his left hand and to reach around behind him and trip up his legs with the aid of the club held in his right hand.
These standards are at once "instances of the Forms" while remaining "mired in the vagaries of the corporeal;" they enable us to lay hold of "true opinions" about the phenomena (54, 37).
Just as the decision of Dante to write The Divine Comedy in the vernacular and other developments in European linguistic humanism paved the way for the Renaissance and European global success, so the Arabic world needs to lay hold of their own vernaculars in order to gain a voice against corrupt and despotic Arabic rulers.
Some Bush supporters are decent and intelligent, and yet they're knowingly returning to the White House an embarrassingly inept, ignorant, incurious, and unfeeling figurehead for the worst conventicle of religious nuts, plutocrats, and petrochemical bagmen ever to lay hold of our federal government.
Richard Noakes' 'Instruments to Lay Hold of Spirits' takes an equally novel topic--attempts to develop a method of scientifically verifying the claims of spiritualists by measuring ghostly manifestations.
Breckin Meyer supplies hearty comic relief as Kate's unemployed actor brother who assumes Leo's in the same line of work, Ryan steps back into her trademark genre like she's never been gone and, able to deliver lines like 'are you suggesting, madam, there exists a law compelling gentlemen to lay hold of canine bowel movements?
The section concludes with the theology and spirituality of the liturgical year (Auge), wherein the mystery of Christ as a saving event is made present in time, so that the faithful may lay hold of it through the word and the sacraments.
The specialty coffee been defined to a great degree by ability to lay hold of the passion and promise of origin: Not only is coffee not a commodity, but the potential variety is virtually endless when quality attends, as are the number of appreciative consumers.
We must lay hold of the fact," he argued, "that economic laws are not made by nature.
John 'would, if known as they knew it, lay hold of the wealth of modern science, and of the secrets of modern culture, and of the desires and the necessities of modern spirit.
It were better to rend our robes with a great cry against blasphemy, like Caiaphas in the judgment, or to lay hold of the man as a maniac possessed of devils like the kinsmen and the crowd, rather than to stand stupidly debating fine shades of pantheism in the presence of so catastrophic a claim.
Because," said the demon of the West, "to love the good, the beautiful is right, but to labor on and will the work when you are obviously beneath this service is to parody them, twist them beyond recognition, to lay hold of what was once beautiful and make it a monstrosity.
21) as phusis, Heidegger admits that "we are not able to lay hold of the be[-ing] of be-ings directly and expressly, neither by way of be-ings, nor in be-ings--nor anywhere else at all" (p.