catch hold of

catch (a)hold of (someone or something)

To grasp or grip something. Catch hold of that end of the sheet and pull it straight. I tried to catch ahold of her before she fell off the step, but it happened too fast.
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catch (a)hold of someone or something

to grasp or seize someone or something. See if you can catch hold of the rope as it swings back and forth. I couldn't catch ahold of her.
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catch/get/grab/take (a) ˈhold of somebody/something

have or take somebody/something in your hands: He caught hold of her wrists so she couldn’t get away.Lee got hold of the dog by its collar.Quick, grab a hold of that rope.
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If they cannot discover and identify the culprit within the given time, they catch hold of a poor innocent person who has bad reputation and implicate him and claim success in catching the culprit within the time given to them.
Harris told ANI that instead of making statements on such issues, the Prime Minister should catch hold of "anti-social" elements and put them in jail.
He reiterated his determination to catch hold of the lapses and shortcomings on our part and adopt measures to regain our lost glory.
January JANUARY'S a month to start anew Still in recovery from the parties and queues A month when you just want to sit down and think Catch hold of your breath and do your own thing A month when you say let's try something new Maybe join a new class or find some exotic view It's a month when the weather seems too much to bear We need 'Mr Sun' and some proper fresh air Just a glimpse would do us just fine, As we patiently wait for winter's decline
Police said that as the man came towards him, the boy started to run and the man raised his arm in an attempt to catch hold of the boy.
NNA - The Lebanese Army managed to catch hold of a wanted terrorist, from Kataeb Azzam, in Bek by causing him a lethal injury.
I'm sure David Silva and co would run rings round him, but there would be one special moment when he would catch hold of Samir Nasri and leave him crumpled on the ground like a dirty pile of washing.
Sometimes, I try to let it back gently, hinting that the door is going to fall, if the person does not catch hold of it.
Can opener: Having the dexterity to catch hold of the ring pull on a drinks can, or similar, is hard enough but then you need the strength to open the can.
Moro reflex If your baby's startled, she will throw out her arms and legs as if to catch hold of something.
Salim tried to catch hold of the youth but they escaped, leaving their car on the spot.
A firefighter managed to catch hold of the wounded bird and brought it safely to the ground.
He chased her, but when he tried to catch hold of her, his hands passed right through her body as if through mist.
She shook him off and ran along Bryn Road but he again stopped her,and tried to catch hold of her.