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cling to (someone or something)

1. Literally, to hold on to someone or something tightly. The little girl clung to her dad's legs and cried as he tried to leave for work. I clung to the side of the rock and prayed that a search party would find me.
2. By extension, to remain devoted to or entrenched in something, often a belief or opinion. In this ever-changing world, you can't just stubbornly cling to your old beliefs.
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cling to someone or something

1. Lit. to hold on tight to someone or something. The child clung tightly to his mother. As she drifted in the sea, she clung to a floating log.
2. Fig. to hold onto the thought or memory of someone or something; to have a strong emotional attachment to or dependence on someone or something. Her immigrant parents clung to the old ways. Harold clung to the memory of his grandmother.
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As this happens, those telecommunications companies that cling to such arcane concepts as "revenue per user" or "minute of voice," to cite two commonly used, present-day industry measures, will be as obsolete as vinyl records.
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Sunlight filters through shallow water, dappling tiny blades of brown algae that cling to the soft seafloor.
Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic showed how quickly entirely new ways of waging naval war - aircraft carriers, submarines - could rise, threatening the supremacy of nations whose old salts cling to old ways.
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But six months later, it's the Bruins who are close to cementing a playoff berth, while the Kings cling to postseason hopes that are largely mathematical.
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They cling to power instead of sharing it; they cling to knowledge instead of sharing it; they cling to friends instead of sharing them.
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What: It's obvious that the reactive security philosophy that we cling to -- waiting for damage to be done, then responding -- is broken.
Yet managers, seeing a completely different game to the rest of us, cling to it like George Best clings to opening time.