get ahold of (one)

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get ahold of (one)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer got ahold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister got ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To successfully make contact and communicate with someone. I wasn't able to get ahold of my brother over the weekend, I hope he's alright.
3. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Well, once major corporations get ahold of politicians, it's easy to predict where that senator's or congressperson's interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely gotten ahold of John.
4. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel got ahold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: ahold, get, of