take (someone or something) by (something)

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take (someone or something) by (something)

1. To hold onto someone or something by seizing a particular part of them or it. The teacher took the student by the ear and dragged him all the way to the principal's office. He grabbed the bull by the horns and actually managed to wrestle it to the ground.
2. To gain control or possession of someone or something through some particular means. The army took the building by force. The kidnappers took the hostages by gunpoint.
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take someone or something by something

to grasp someone or something by holding on to some part. She took him by the hand and helped him up. Tom took the dog by the cottar and led it out.
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A further six per cent said they had taken something by accident but had not taken it back and one per cent admitted to having taken something on purpose.
A further 6% said they had taken something by accident but had not taken it back and 1% admitted to having taken something on purpose
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