fasten (someone, something, or oneself) to (someone or something)

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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.
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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.
See also: fasten, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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When he approached it so nearly as that it parted into rays, they seemed to fasten themselves to him and draw him on.
A strain of classical music wafts through the air as Najda and fellow performer Tasiana Bokhan put on a harness to fasten themselves to the red ropes.
A slope in front of him was thick with newly-fallen snow, which covered the safety cord climbers fasten themselves to.
The environmental campaigners managed to breach a 500 metre security perimeter around the Stena Don rig, climb the structure and fasten themselves to it, police said on Tuesday.
Others blockaded the main entrance for the entire working day by using ladders, locks and glue to fasten themselves to the doors.
He describes poems almost like living, breathing invisible entities which, like parasites, can sometimes fasten themselves to the right sort of host.