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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Drug addict Adam Power, 29, punched and headbutted Raymond Cox, 71, after the OAP grabbed hold of him.
After it happened, Joseph ran over to Mikey, grabbed hold of him and they came running into the house.
Galvin rushed out the kitchen door, but Morris was to have his path stopped as Minnie grabbed hold of him and wrestled him frantically for a full seven minutes.
They grabbed hold of him, shoved him to the ground and pointed a knife at his stomach before demanding cash.
Someone in the car grabbed hold of him through the window and kept a grip on him as the car sped off.
Police said one of the yobs grabbed hold of him and stabbed him in the arm with the needle.