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Related to take hold: lined up, dropped off
1. Grasp, as in Take hold of this end of the rope. [Late 1500s]
2. Become established, as in The new vines quickly took hold, or This idea will never take hold with the voters. [c. 1300]
take (a) ˈholdbegin to have complete control over somebody/something; become very strong: Panic took hold of him and he couldn’t move. ♢ They managed to get out of the house just before the flames took hold. ♢ It is best to treat the disease early before it takes a hold.
1. To seize, as by grasping.
2. To become established: The newly planted vines quickly took hold.