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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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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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Hypandrium with wide tuft of loose setae; dorso-apical corner of clasping cercus obtuse 3
Hypandrium with narrow bundle of compact setae at tip; dorso-apical corner of clasping cercus somewhat acute.
Lobsters injected with serotonin and presented with clam juice displayed a mean duration of dactyl clasping that was twice that observed after saline injections.
The significant increase in length of dactyl clasping after injection with serotonin and the decrease after injection with dopamine suggest that these neuromodulators are priming lobsters toward certain behaviors, making them more (5-HT) or less (dopamine) motivated to feed when given the opportunity.
The now-defunct Mihale chimp group usually employed palm-to-palm clasping while grooming, McGrew's group reports.
During six runs, the stoneroller physically obstructed both the female's retroflexure and the male chub's clasping motion.
Wrestlers stand over their right foot, with left foot raised, clasping each other's right wrist.