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*a hold on someone a strong

 and secure influence on someone
(*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone~.) The strange religion seemed to have a strong hold on its followers. The drug has a hold on the minds of those who use it.
See also: hold, on, strong

secure something against (someone, something, or an animal)

1. to fasten something against the entry of someone, an animal, or something. Jane secured the doors and windows against the prowler who was roving around the neighborhood. You had better secure the henhouse against coyotes.
2. to obtain a legal order involving someone or something. I secured an injunction against Harry. If he bothers you again, he'll have to go into court to explain himself. We can't secure an injunction against this ruling.
See also: secure
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According to Linux advocates, Linux is among the most versatile, stable, and securable operating systems ever developed.
The older phones were not securable," he told reporters during a briefing in Leesburg, Va.
Each securable object in the NT system has an associated data structure, containing all of its security information.
Is it a service business with few securable fixed assets?
FibrBoss CB-1 is a securable, environmentally sealed customer premises box that can store loose fiber and house as many as 48 fiber splices and 24 fiber connections on a patch panel.
Therefore we might expect firms to find internal funds much cheaper than external, and equity cheaper than debt (because of the lack of a securable asset) when financing this investment.
25, 1993) (summarizing plaintiffs' original statement of claims, including allegations that delays in processing of expedited food stamp applications resulted from defendants' demands for verification of eligibility criteria other than identity, and for documentation of identity beyond that securable through collateral contacts).
Additionally, the desktop's View Management Utility and Password Manager Software to manage passwords for encrypted drives give workers a securable and reliable machine.
Hard drives must be securable with access only by authorized staff
There also is the class-exclusive Rambox cargo management system that serves as a securable, durable, drainable storage system that is incorporated into the side rails of the truck bed.