hang onto (someone or something)

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hang onto (someone or something)

1. To continue to grasp or hold someone or something. I hung onto the ledge for dear life. Make sure you hang onto that camera. You don't want it to fall overboard.
2. To retain possession, custody, control, or employment of someone or something. Why are you hanging onto all this junk in the basement? Surely we don't need four cheese graters. Karen's one of our very best lawyers. We've got to hang onto her!
See also: hang
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Geppetto and Pinocchio, as you can easily imagine, did not refuse the invitation; indeed, instead of hanging onto the tail, they thought it better to climb on the Tunny's back.
Males have a structure they use for hanging onto females when they mate; to make the sound, they scrape a patch of large scales on the structure against the very end of their abdomen, letting out two bursts of rapid clicks.
'It looked as though Haliphron had not only made a meal of the jelly, but was hanging onto it, perhaps for defense or for help in catching prey,' the aquarium's YouTube description said.
A KAYAKER was found hanging onto her canoe in the sea by coast guards yesterday afternoon, after getting into difficulties just off the North Wales coast.
He suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a speck in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy.
The mobile networks have a habit of changing their minds and direction at will and you often feel like you're hanging onto their coat tails!
CARDIFF 1 WIGAN 2 BY KEN GORMAN WIGAN are hanging onto the FA Cup with style and determination.
The movie won't be out for a while, so until then we'll be hanging onto R.L.
Five parachutists were hanging onto the outside of the airplane; the others were ready to jump when they heard the airplane's stall warning system.
What followed instead was Hamilton at his best - admittedly unable to go for the win he desperately craved, but hanging onto second with such steely and defensive determination that it had Whitmarsh purring.
But asked of his hopes of hanging onto his crown, a downbeat Button replied: "Very difficult."
They're hanging onto classrooms, sitting at uncomfortable desks at inconvenient hours, surrounded by bare walls and smelly students.
Young people in Moscow are getting their kicks out of a new extreme sport - hanging onto moving trains.
While two of the boys swam away to safety, the other five were stuck in midstream, three of them hanging onto some bushes to save themselves from being washed away.
The Arsenal ace ensured Guus Hiddink's side edged closer to South Africa and left Craig Bellamy and Co hanging onto the hope of snatching third place in Group Four.