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clasp (something) to (something)

To press or hold something firmly against something else. Suzy clasped her new doll to her chest. Clasp this icepack to your knee to alleviate the swelling.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

clasp someone or something to something

to hold on to and press someone or something to a part of one's body. He clasped a wad of cloth to the bleeding wound. She clasped the child to her breast and hugged him.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Rotational rubbing, backwards and forwards with clasped fingers of right hand in left palm and vice versa.
Haunting laughter echoing in a young girl's mind that prevents her from enjoying a piece of watermelon, or the urge to draw back a hand when it is clasped by a disfigured one belonging to a girl born with "an unopened fist." Somewhere in the expanse of our lives, close enough to call home, these stories are remembered by someone bearing witness.
According to The Washington Times, a highlight of the conference came when Rabbi Daniel Lapin, a right-wing Jewish activist from Washington state and ally of TV preacher Pat Robertson, clasped hands with Mokhtar Lamani, the Organization of the Islamic Conference's ambassador to the United Nations.
Moments after he was sentenced, he clasped his hands before hi and gave a silent prayer.
In 'Sentimental Journey', Araki documents the death of his wife Yoko in 1991, from her exhausted appearance on a train journey through a close-up of the couple's clasped hands in hospital to Yoko in her flower-filled coffin.
Within several feet of the hull, she turned on her side, revealing a newborn clasped to her back.
The figure type typical of Sumerian art is already well-established: the rigid combined frontal and profile view, the large eyes, and hands clasped in reverence.
However, on three occasions, the male chub clasped simultaneously a retroflexed female chub and the stoneroller ( Fig.
Wrestlers stand facing each other, with right wrists clasped, and feet flat on mat with outside of right feet touching.
A horrified crowd gathered below as the terrified little boy clasped his hands, as if praying for his life.