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!
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'A player, however, who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul,' the PBA said in the memorandum sent to all teams.
The league on Tuesday released a memo wherein 'a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.'
Mandy Keeping hangs onto her horse speeding through the 19 And Under Barrel Race at the John Green Valley Horse Rings at the Paris Fairgrounds.
At thirty-two, he seems to revel in (and call attention to) that late-twentieth-century phenomenon: "extended adolescence." He hangs onto youth through pop culture, while reconciling teen passions with marriage, children - the range of adult pleasures and demands.
Worst of all is the chairman and CEO who reaches mandatory retirement age as CEO but hangs onto the chairmanship.
According to the memo, 'a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.'