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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 ?
Once more he softly touched the bell which gave one tinkle, then gently, as though reflecting and looking about him, began touching the door-handle pulling it and letting it go to make sure once more that it was only fastened by the hook.
He knew, he knew perfectly well that at that moment they were at the flat, that they were greatly astonished at finding it unlocked, as the door had just been fastened, that by now they were looking at the bodies, that before another minute had passed they would guess and completely realise that the murderer had just been there, and had succeeded in hiding somewhere, slipping by them and escaping.
1 : to attach or join by or as if by pinning, tying, or nailing <She fastened the papers together.
Twenty volunteers checked each seat to make sure it was facing the right direction and was fastened properly with the car seat belt.
The roof is made from trusses (prefabbed on-site), and complex joints are made using 2 x 4-sized metal construction plates fastened with fat plate nails or short deck screws.
2 : something (as an ornament or badge) fastened to the clothing by a pin
The second fastening element is generally in a face-to-face relationship with the first fastening element when the surface fastening System is in a fastened configuration.
The buckles that hold in your ankle should be fastened as tightly as you can stand it.
Each of the band portions has an end portion where each of the end portions has an inner and outer surface in a fastened position.
Each of the pairs of opposing front and rear side parts is joined by a fastener element that is attached to one of the opposing side parts by a first join and releasably and resealably fastened to the other opposing side part by means of a second join that is weaker than the first.
The tab has a length extending between terminal segments, which forms a factory joint to secure the fastener tab to the tab fastened article at one terminal segment and a user joint to fasten and refasten the tab fastened article closed at the other terminal segment.