glom onto (someone or something)

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glom onto (someone or something)

1. To cling to someone or something. I was horrified to see that several leeches had glommed onto me. My four-year-old always gloms onto my arm whenever we go into a new place together.
2. To remain persistently or desperately in someone else's company. My annoying little brother always gloms onto me and my friends whenever we're hanging out together. I wasn't close with them in high school, but they were the only people I knew in the university, so I decided to glom onto their group until I made some new friends of my own.
3. To focus one's interest or attention on someone or something. Mainstream news outlets have glommed onto the story of the young child raised by wolves.
4. To come to realize or understand something. It took me a while to glom onto what they were all talking about. The CEO finally glommed onto the fact that Margaret had been stealing from the company.
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Subtitled Confessions of a Hero-Worshipper, it relates how Massingberd, further to blunt the pain of his insufficiently squirearchical circumstances, has since childhood glommed onto one idealized figure after another and woven for himself elaborate fantasy existences, "underpinned by painstaking research." He has had the good fortune to meet many of his heroes, some of whom "only increased in stature on acquaintance." Others, however, proved "a grave disappointment," such as Earl Mountbatten, who, when Massingberd was working on The Landed Gentry, tried to pressure him into amending the royal surname to Mountbatten-Windsor.