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 ?
Even those who still clung to us from personal love and loyalty I think did so in the face of the fact that at heart they questioned our veracity--it is very hard to accept a new religion for an old, no matter how alluring the promises of the new may be; but to reject the old as a tissue of falsehoods without being offered anything in its stead is indeed a most difficult thing to ask of any people.
The innocence that once clung to us like the wrapper on a lolly ice has vanished.
Vulgarity has clung to us like an incurable disease.
The Horrible Bosses beauty, 42, is nearly as famous for her bad luck with men as she is for her films, but she happily clung to US actor Justin Theroux last night.
The boys clung to us as the train set off and the mountainside dropped from under our feet.
They just clung to us, and all they wanted was to be held and touched.
But when we got up scared that the bread was burning a different fragrance clung to us.
Elaine, of Ballieston, Glasgow, said: "The tokens just clung to us as the wind blew them around.