Definition of Cling to

1. Verb. Hold firmly, usually with one's hands. "She clutched my arm when she got scared"

Exact synonyms: Clutch, Hold Close, Hold Tight
Generic synonyms: Hold, Take Hold
Specialized synonyms: Cuddle, Draw Close, Nest, Nestle, Nuzzle, Snuggle
Derivative terms: Clutch



Lexicographical Neighbors of Cling To

clinch
clinch nut
clinched
clincher
clincher-built
clinchers
clinches
clinching
clinchingly
clindamycin
cline
clines
cling
cling film
cling on
cling to (current term)
clinged
clinger
clingers
clingest
clingeth
clingfilm
clingfilmed
clingfilms
clingfish
clingfishes
clingier
clingiest
clingily
clinginess

Literary usage of Cling to

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"Fanny's friendship was all that he had to cling to. LET other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to ..."

2. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"640 Who cling to honour fast, their lives are long; Flight is but shame, nor will it Vail men aught." He spoke, and fiercely launched out his spear, ..."

3. A Dictionary of Similes by Frank Jenners Wilstach (1916)
"cling to the memory as tenaciously as the fragrance of lavender clings to glove or ... cling to the old house as barnacles to a wrecked and stranded vessel. ..."

4. The Æneid of Virgil by Virgil (1910)
"... watchful throne High on the housetops or on lofty towers, To terrify the nations. She can cling To vile invention and malignant wrong, Or mingle with ..."

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