gather to oneself

gather to (oneself)

To move someone or something closer to oneself. The mother gathered her crying child to herself. I gathered my books to myself and left the library.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

gather someone or something to oneself

to draw someone or something to oneself. The hen gathered her chicks to herself. Harry gathered the poker chips to himself.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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