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attach to

1. To connect two things. In this usage, an item is mentioned between "attach" and "to." Can you please attach this button to my sweater? Please be sure to attach a cover page to your report.
2. To connect oneself to something. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." Please be sure to attach yourself to your luggage at the airport.
3. To involve oneself with another person or group—often in an overbearing way. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I hope my little cousins don't try to come with us—they're always attaching themselves to me, and it's so annoying.
4. To involve oneself with another person or group. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "attach" and "to." I heard that Jon has attached himself to a new lady—is that true? Teddy has attached himself to the drama club this semester.
5. To have an emotional connection to someone or something. This usage always uses the form "attached." I really miss my ex-boyfriend at Christmastime—I guess I'm still attached to him after all. I'm pretty attached to the idea of a tropical vacation—I've even been picturing myself on the beach! I tried to give away my daughter's childhood teddy bear, but apparently she's still quite attached to it.
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no strings attached

With or having no special conditions, restrictions, obligations, or arrangements that must be met. Take advantage of our huge summer sale, where you can earn up to $5,000 cash back. No strings attached! Beware of any deal that claims to come with no strings attached.
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attach oneself to someone

 
1. Fig. to become emotionally involved with someone. Fred seems to have attached himself to a much older woman, who has captured his attention. Somehow, Susan has attached herself emotionally to Tom, and she is distraught over his being away.
2. Fig. to follow after someone; to become a constant companion to someone. Andy's little brother attached himself to Andy and his friends—much to Andy's distress. John attached himself to his older brother and drove him crazy.
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attach oneself to something

 
1. Lit. to connect or secure oneself to something. During the storm, Tony attached himself to the helm and proceeded to steer the boat. The caterpillar attached itself to a branch and began to spin its cocoon.
2. Fig. to choose to associate with a particular thing, group, or organization. Ron attached himself to a volleyball team that practices at the school. The manager attached himself to the luncheon club and became a regular fixture there.
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attach to someone

Fig. [for blame, importance, guilt, fault, etc.] to become "fixed" onto someone or an organization. A lot of guilt attaches to Henry for his part in the plot. Most of the blame for the accident attaches to Roger.
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attach to something

[for something] to be meant to fit onto or into something. This one attaches to this other one right at this point. This part should have attached to the back of the desk, but it didn't fit.
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lock something onto someone or something

 and lock something on
to attach or fix something onto someone or something. The cop locked the handcuffs onto the mugger and led him away. Andy locked his bicycle onto the signpost. See that bike rack? Lock your bike on and keep an eye on it.
See also: lock

no strings attached

Without conditions or restrictions, as in They give each of the children $10,000 a year with no strings attached. This expression dates from the mid-1900s, although string in the sense of "a limitation" has been used since the late 1800s.
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no strings attached

no special conditions or restrictions apply to an opportunity or offer. informal
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(with) no ˈstrings attached

(also without ˈstrings) with no special rules, conditions or limits: I got a loan of $5 000 with no strings attached.It was a relationship without strings (= without responsibility or commitment) which suited them both.
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attach to

v.
1. To fasten or secure something to something: The electrician attached the wires to the socket. The carpenter attached the knobs to the cabinet doors.
2. To adhere, belong, or relate to something: It is not a very difficult job, and not much responsibility attaches to it.
3. To affix or append something to something: I attached all of my receipts to my spending report.
4. To ascribe or assign some quality to something: Several ambassadors said they would walk out of the meeting, but our officials attached no significance to the threat.
5. To associate closely with someone or something: I quickly attached myself to the chess club when I started school.
6. To be bound emotionally to someone or something: I'm still attached to that old sweater I used to wear in high school.
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Ironically, many attachers complain about rates after improperly installing unauthorized or unsafe attachments.
La seule maniere de ne plus faire l'experience de cette souffrance serait de ne plus attacher d'importance a ses personnes ou domaines de vie.
Le proprietaire monte sur une echelle pour attacher au sommet une cage contenant un poulet.
Jeter le filet, le tirer de l'eau -imaginez-vous sa pesee une fois rempli de poissons - ramer, attacher le domicile mouvant a un point sur....tout cela est penible a faire en une seule journee, que diriez-vous si c'etait votre quotidien pour toute la vie ?
On devrait insister davantage sur la diversite interne de chacune des traditions religieuses et attacher plus d'importance a des phenomenes religieux qui n'entrent pas dans les taxonomies basees sur les six grandes religions.
Sur cette base, plus de 300 cadres ont ete invites a participer au salon afin de les attacher directement avec les industriels pour faire travailler le plus possible de personnes en chomage.
Il faut dire aussi que l'artisanat est une composante incontournable du secteur touristique et il est imperatif de lui attacher toute l'importance necessaire pour un developpement touristique global et perenne.
Issu des memes villages, des memes castes que les travailleurs, parfois luimeme ancien travailleur asservi auquel un peddamaistri a fait confiance, le maistri de basse caste est ainsi demuni d'une autorite de caste et d'un capital economique solide permettant d'attacher et proteger durablement la main-d'oeuvre.
[beaucoup moins que] Il faut absolument attacher l'individu a la collectivite dans la triple action civique, civisme et civile pour lutter contre la violence qui vient de l'exterieur, la criminalite et la delinquance.
Pourquoi done attacher tant d'importance a cette presence explicite mais somme toute discrete d'Erasme dans Les Caracteres ?
Cependant, les mois se succedant, le patient semble s'attacher a ce qu'il nomme comme etant << sa gang >> et montre un interet qui nous apparait reel pour les autres.
Le film debute par une scene, tres celebre, qui est aussi la realisation d'un fantasme ou I' on voit Severine (Catherine Deneuve) se faire attacher, fouetter et violer, a la demande de son mari, par des hommes rustres.
Au sein de cet article, nous allons donc nous attacher a analyser le role de ces Eglises africaines implantees en Europe dans un contexte de migration.
Autant de passages symboliques franchis au cours du voyage initiatique, de souffrances corporelles et morales affrontees avec l'abandon de soi, qui favorisent la rencontre avec Dieu : << N'est ce pas une belle occasion de s'unir a Dieu, quand il n'y a creature quelconque qui vous donne sujet de s'y attacher d'affection ?
Nous ne partageons pas ces premisses et ambitionnons donc de nous attacher aux arguments qui peuvent justifier ou contester le principe d'une codification a l'echelle europeenne du droit prive des contrats.