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fasten (someone, something, or oneself) to (someone or something)
To attach or connect someone, something, or oneself to something else. Fasten that tile to the floor before someone trips on it. I fastened a name tag to my shirt and walked into the auditorium. Please use your seatbelt to fasten yourself to your seat before the ride begins.
1. Literally, to attach or connect something to something else. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "on." I fastened a name tag upon my shirt and walked into the auditorium.
2. By extension, to focus one's attention on someone or something. Luckily, the baby fastened upon the music and stopped crying within minutes.
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To attach or connect something to something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "down." Fasten that tile down before someone trips on it. I fastened down the car seat, so it shouldn't budge at all.
fasten down to (something)
To attach or connect something to something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "down." Fasten that tile down to the floor before someone trips on it.
To secure or close something, as by using buttons, zippers, etc. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fasten" and "up." It's freezing today, so be sure to fasten up your coat.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
fasten someone or something (on)to someone or something
to attach people or things together. He fastened himself onto the mast of the boat with a length of rope. I fastened a note onto Jimmy, so his kindergarten teacher would read it and remind him to wear his gloves home.
fasten something down (to something)
to attach something down to something else. Fasten this board down to the top of the workbench. Please fasten down the board.
fasten something up
to close something up, using buttons, a zipper, snaps, hooks, a clasp, or other things meant to hold something closed. Please fasten this up for me. I can't reach the zipper. Please fasten up my buttons in back.
fasten (up)on someone or something
1. Lit. to take firm hold of someone or something. She fastened upon me and would not let me go until she finished speaking. I don't like people who fasten on me and ask a lot of questions.
2. Fig. to fix one's attention on someone or something. He fastened upon the picture for a brief moment and then turned away. The baby fastened on the television screen and watched it for many minutes.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.