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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cling, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Don't shut God's love out in that way, by clinging to sin....He can't bless you while you have one falsehood in your soul; his pardoning mercy can't reach you until you open your heart to him, and say, 'I have done this great wickedness; O God, save me, make me pure from sin.' While you cling to one sin and will not part with it, it must drag you down to misery after death, as it has dragged you to misery here in this world, my poor, poor Hetty.
As bats in hollow of mystic cavern, whenever any of the has dropped out of the string and falls from the rock, fly shrilling and cling to one another, so did they with shrilling cry hold together as they moved.
The next question further gave Panganiban a hard time choosing but she had to cling to one because of what she has witnessed first hand.
One of the aspects of Hajj is to cleanse our souls from all earthly possessions and luxuries that cling to one's heart, reminding us that we shall return to the ground from which we were created.
Worse yet, if the search turns up nothing, he has no civil remedy, because the officers will not have violated his civil rights the mere odor of marijuana on his person or breath gave them the right to search and arrest him."<br />The odor might even have resulted from secondhand smoke, as the smell of another's marijuana use can cling to one's clothing, Arthur wrote.<br />"If I were writing on a blank slate, I would reverse the conviction," Arthur wrote.
and because she sketched dwarves, giants, gypsies, twins killed simultaneously by formaldehyde injection into the heart, prior to dissection-- a brown-haired girl whose eyes still beg her silently, she remembers the Sonderkommando carting away thousands of prisoners a day-- that inconceivable lattice of flesh--how even in death bodies cling to one another.
What you do not do is cling to one spot or to one individual--that's counterproductive.
Thousands of homes cling to one of the many hills that encircle La Paz, Bolivia's administrative capital.
Dublin are also fueling up the team bus for a journey south, but they can cling to one vital statistic - the one team to lose at home were today's opponents, Tipperary.
As the Blues' ambitions of fifth place are reduced to vapours, it's a good job they can at least cling to one thing which will provide some garnish to a positive season that is nevertheless unlikely to offer any tangible sign of progress.
This happens because gas particles do not cling to one another--they can easily spread out.
As we all painfully know, the Catholic Church reversed her traditional stand in regard to her relationship with the modern world at the council producing a collage of lay and cleric misfit theologians--all claiming to be experts--who are neither traditional nor modern but who at times cling to one or the other end of the spectrum when it seems to suit their own personal ideologies.
Igor Shuvalov's political acumen and knowledge of the Kremlin's Byzantine ways helped him cling to one of the most influential roles in Russia's government on Monday, despite questions over his family's financial dealings.
COMFORT Z Eddie Boylan's famly cling to one another yesterday at the Dublin funeral VICTIM JEddie Boylan FINAL J JOURNEY Mr Boylan's coffin is carried out of St Bernadette's Church TEARSJ Mourners' grief comes pouring out PAINJ Victim's grandson Stephen
Therefore in marriage, "separated" flesh is reunited and a sketch of human community begins to take shape as individuals leave their birth homes, cling to one another, and establish new homes together.