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

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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She said: "She lashed out and caused the detention officer's necklace to be broken when she grabbed hold of her top.
But she claimed fourth-placed Angela Maurer grabbed hold of her ankles towards the end of the gruelling two-hour race.
"But suddenly he grabbed hold of her bag, which she had been carrying under her arm, and ran off.
One grabbed hold of her putting his hand over her mouth to prevent her from calling for help.
But outside, by a fire escape, he grabbed hold of her, she claimed.
The student nurse was separated from the rest of the family on an island stop when the youth grabbed hold of her waist and tried to pull her to the ground.
He then grabbed hold of her and tried to drag her towards the car.
The terrified 50-year-old was pounced on from behind by a mugger who pinned her to the ground and grabbed hold of her shoulder bag.
The 19-year-old "First Daughter" was only spared her blushes when she grabbed hold of her outfit.
At one point he grabbed hold of her and gave her a passionate kiss."
The man then threatened the victim and grabbed hold of her arm before letting go when two members of the public intervened.
The 69-year-old victim was walking along Habershon Street in Splott, Cardiff, just before 5pm on Monday when a youth came up behind her and grabbed hold of her shoulder bag several times but she kept hold of it.
The mugger grabbed hold of her bag but when she refused to let go he pulled her to the ground and kicked her head four times.
They grabbed hold of her bag but a passer-by shouted and the youths ran off emptyhanded.
One of them grabbed hold of her leather rucksack, pulling the victim to the floor when she held on to it.