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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.
See also: fasten, to

fasten (up)on

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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fasten down

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.
See also: down, fasten

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.
See also: down, fasten, to

fasten up

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.
See also: fasten, up
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.
See also: fasten, to

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Children of all ages must be safely fastened in a car seat.
If the car doesn't have enough seat belts for everyone - children, who are younger than three years old, must be fastened first.
Since the new traffic law came into effect on July 1, the motorist who fails to fasten the seat belt faces a fine of Dh400 and four black points, while the driver can also be fined Dh400 for each passenger who has not fastened the seat belt.
A driver who had reluctantly fastened his seat belt was playing with the belt and drawing it in and out and saying "I can't understand the use of this belt and how can this protect my life when I have an accident." Although the driver has been driving a taxi for three years, he did not seem to know how the seat belt works during an accidents, automatically locking to prevent the driver from being thrown through the windshield.
Prefab two 8' x 8'-3" high crib side-wall frames from stock 2 x 4 x 8's, doubling boards on ends and arraying vertical studs 24" on center--that is, three single vertical 2 x 4 x 8's fastened between top (header) board and bottom (footer), and spaced 2', 4' and 6' from ends.
The belt can be fastened to the rear part of the article.
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.
The absorbent pad is arranged on and fastened to the inner face of the support sheet.
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.