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*a hold on someone a strong

 and secure influence on someone
(*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone~.) The strange religion seemed to have a strong hold on its followers. The drug has a hold on the minds of those who use it.
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secure something against (someone, something, or an animal)

1. to fasten something against the entry of someone, an animal, or something. Jane secured the doors and windows against the prowler who was roving around the neighborhood. You had better secure the henhouse against coyotes.
2. to obtain a legal order involving someone or something. I secured an injunction against Harry. If he bothers you again, he'll have to go into court to explain himself. We can't secure an injunction against this ruling.
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Walter Benjamin, talking about the decline of storytelling and relating it to our lessening ability to exchange experiences with one another, articulates an ongoing concern one senses when reading Bilac's cronicas: "It is as if something that seemed inalienable to us, the securest among our possessions, were taken from us: the ability to exchange experiences" ("Storyteller" 83).
To this, we have added the objective of the political union of African states as the securest safeguard of our hard-won freedom and the soundest foundation for our individual, no less than our common, economic, social and cultural advancement.
Yeat Princely her allowance, and more stately, as is sayde, Than had she been in Scotland: nor was Libertie denayde Of Hauking, Hunting, and Disports: that, had she been content, Her merriest and securest daies a Prisoner she spent.
She was just in time to win a landslide victory and become that securest of political animals, an incumbent.
As with the Byzantine Romanus the Melode and the Wesleys, he is credited with innumerable compositions, the securest being the four certified by the expert Augustine: Eternal Creator of Things; God the Creator of All; Now the Third Hour Cometh; Thou Who Rulest Israel.
History points to the securest forms of neighborhoods.
America's motorisation and its consequent demand for oil at predictable market prices was and continues to be an important influence on US policy towards Iraq--especially given the uncertainties relating to what has so far been the securest source of Middle East oil--Saudi Arabia.
Instead, "a combination of showing and telling yields the fastest and securest results in both writing and teaching" (p.
The brief hearing before the three judges, who originally sentenced him at a Scottish court convened at Camp Zeist in The Netherlands, will be held at Court Number Three at the High Court in Glasgow's Saltmarket - the securest court in Scotland.
A PLA is truly a community-based agreement that is one of the best investments to assure our children have access to the safest, securest environment.