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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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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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attached to someone or something

1. Lit. connected to someone or something. The patient has a tube attached to his arm. A little shelf is attached to the wall.
2. Fig. fond of someone or something. John is really attached to his old-fashioned ideas. I'm really attached to my longtime girlfriend.
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attach to

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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References in classic literature ?
The gentle tender-hearted Amelia Sedley was the only person to whom she could attach herself in the least; and who could help attaching herself to Amelia?
Dear friends," despite never having met the man (or deer), is desperate for the self-reification that will come from attaching herself to any cause, having moved "to St.
Is the tragedy not that she loves two men, but that she can't have her musical career without attaching herself to a creepy stalker?
Much of the danger comes not from the animals but the drunken and violent father of Wahoo's school friend Tuna (yes, another fish), a spirited girl who has sought refuge from her odious parent by attaching herself to the expedition.
After attaching herself to beardy weirdy Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock of the Defence Select Committee they would know all about how our defence reforms are progressing.
One racing manager who is more than happy to welcome the Philpott kennel to their ranks is Coventry's Russ Watkins, who said: "I've spoken to Carly, and she has expressed an interest in attaching herself to the track, which we're happy to facilitate.
With love attaching herself to overseas visitors, single Scorpios could find romance with a visitor from afar.
Don't let her learn by attaching herself to your life-force any longer.
In June she was arrested after attaching herself to the headquarters of travel firm lastminute.
Any showbiz totty who fancies attaching herself to a member of Busted had better take note.
While in a bar in Little Tokyo, Bob sees a young white prostitute drunkenly attaching herself to some black patrons.
In Camden crack is still king, and a woman sanctioned off welfare can support herself by attaching herself to a drug dealer.
By attaching herself to Sounds True, Siberry joins the likes of holistic health practitioner Dr.
The 4lb 4oz little girl had a 95 per cent chance of dying after attaching herself to her mother's bowel.
But then she was criticised for "Doing a Di" - trying to improve her image by attaching herself to a worthy cause.