grab (a)hold of (someone)

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grab (a)hold of (someone)

1. Literally, to grab and hold onto someone with one's hands. The police officer grabbed hold of the suspect before he could run away. My sister grabbed ahold of me at our mother's funeral to keep herself from breaking down in tears.
2. To gain total control, influence, or power over someone. Once major corporations grab hold of a politician, it's easy to predict where his political interests will lie. Addiction seems to have completely grabbed ahold of John.
3. To capture someone's attention, interest, or imagination. Her latest novel grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until I'd read it cover to cover.
See also: grab, of
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catch/get/grab/take (a) ˈhold of somebody/something

have 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.
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"Grab hold of something and hang on," the red-faced man said to me.
The former Steelmen skipper hit Wilson on the head before lunging forward and trying to grab hold of the steering wheel.
Concert goers managed to grab hold of the suspected gunman, 45-year-old Michael Dinamling, a member of the town's public order and safety committee (POSC), who was wielding a loaded .38-revolver.
POLICE have warned Meltham residents to be vigilant after a man in his 50s tried to grab hold of a woman.
I SEE Steve Kay is banging the drum again in his obsessive campaign for the Yorkshire brand and it's not just in the Gazette's letters page 'Grab hold of Yorkshire' (18.4.14) because he and fellow Yorkshire supremacist Chris Abbott featured in Radio 4's high profile news programme PM.
Then grab hold of it and pull it off the top plate.
JUMPING FOR JOY: Alyson Wren on Binley Road SNATCH AND GRAB: The youngsters approach the torchbearer (left), grab hold of the torch (centre) and then have it wrestled from them.
They began to speak and Ashley, 17, reached out to grab hold of his father to stop him slipping away.
He said: "I tried to grab hold of something but I couldn't.
The man told them he was not carrying one, leading the first defendant to slap him in the face and grab hold of his hands, according to the court documents.
I was being swept away and was about to fall down the staircase but he managed to grab hold of me (my knight in shining armour).
Try delivering this line with a straight face: "The last time I was late a fireman had to climb out of my bedroom window and risk his life on a narrow ledge trying to grab hold of my pussy." Ah, the joy of non-PC telly.
In "The Secret Life of Snapping Turtles," in the January/February issue, the author states, "If you must pick one up, grab hold of the carapace behind the head with one hand and hold the rear of the carapace above the tail with the other."
Mr Hillstead said when he went to grab hold of his leg again the man threatened to stab him.
He swam out to Charlotte and began to circle around her, so that she could grab hold of his collar, before swimming back to shore.