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get hold of (one)
1. Literally, to grab and hold onto one with the hands. The police officer got hold of suspect before he could run away. My sister got hold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To successfully make contact and communicate with one. I wasn't able to get hold of my brother at the weekend, I hope he's OK.
3. To gain total control, influence, or power over one. Well, once major corporations get hold of a politician, it's easy to predict where that senator's or congressperson's interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely gotten hold of John.
4. To capture one's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel got hold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
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get hold of
Grasp, obtain; also, get in touch with. For example, If you can just get hold of one end, I'll get the other, or Jane had no luck getting hold of the book she needed, or I've phoned a dozen times but I can't seem to get hold of him. [c. 1300] Also see lay hold of.
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catch/get/grab/take (a) ˈhold of somebody/somethinghave or take somebody/something in your hands: He caught hold of her wrists so she couldn’t get away. ♢ Lee got hold of the dog by its collar. ♢ Quick, grab a hold of that rope.
get ˈhold of somebody/somethingobtain something; reach or contact somebody: Do you know where I can get hold of a telephone directory for Paris? ♢ I spent all morning on the phone trying to get hold of the manager.
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get hold of
1. To come into possession of; find: Where can I get hold of a copy?
2. To communicate with, as by telephone: tried to get hold of you but the line was busy.
3. To gain control of. Often used reflexively: You must get hold of yourself!
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.