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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.
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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.
See also: down, fasten

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.
See also: fasten, up

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.
See also: fasten, on
References in classic literature ?
In an instant the brute was upon me, but ere it could fasten its hideous mouths into my breast and throat I grasped a writhing tentacle in either hand.
However, the Wizard went once more to his satchel--which seemed to contain a surprising variety of odds and ends--and brought out a spool of strong wire, by means of which they managed to fasten four of the wings to Jim's harness, two near his head and two near his tail.
To fasten the hook on the inside they must be at home, don't you see.
Among the former group, 70% said they believe that pregnant women do not need to buckle up, while 19% said they did not know how pregnant women should fasten their seat belts.
The most recent example, which occurred over the Pacific several years ago, resulted in one death and more than 300 injuries, simply because most of the passengers failed to follow the instructions from the flight deck to keep seat belts fastened even when the FASTEN SEAT BELT sign is off.
11 Kyodo Japan Airlines (JAL), citing the prevalence of turbulence that may lead to injury on its flights, has begun broadcasting a notice to passengers to fasten their seat belts over blankets to make checking easier.
You should fasten the buckles over the top of the foot just tight enough to hold the foot.
I went down to the hardware store to see if there was anything to fasten (the center) with, and there wasn't, so I had to make something myself.
19 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Jiangsu Fasten Photonics Co Ltd announced today the development of its products, Optical Fibre & Optical Fibre Preform.