cling to (someone or something)

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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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References in classic literature ?
With head on fire, I retraced my way to the gallery, and without having found anything more than I had seen on the previous night, the right hold I had taken of my reason drew me to something so important that I was obliged to cling to it to save myself from falling.
Yet managers, seeing a completely different game to the rest of us, cling to it like George Best clings to opening time.
There's even an intimation of it in Angels in America, when one guy mentions that the sky looks purple and his queenier friend responds that it's mauve and asks, "What kind of homosexual are you, anyway?" The brave new kind, vaguely interested in the past and vaguely suspicious of those who cling to it. Let's see how their kids turn out.
Although live electronic performance has attracted many brilliant musicians, from David Tudor to Musica Elettronica Viva to today's PowerBook players, electronic music's origin as a compositional tool seems always to cling to it, whether through the very activity of programming or simply the training and predilections of its practitioners.
Moreover, tests on Teflon revealed no humidity effect, consistent with water's inability to cling to it.