cling (on) to


1. hold onto something/someone in a firm and/or determined way






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cling to/onto someone/power

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To 'cling on' means to grip something hard or hold onto something tightly. To cling on can also mean to try hard to retain or keep something such as a position of power or holding onto a belief.

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  1. I clung to the hand rail as I walked down the icy steps to make sure that I didn't slip.
  2. The dictator of the country sent in the military to attack protesters in a desperate attempt to cling onto power. 

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  1. Chris is still clinging on to the hope that he will get the job even after his interview turned out to be a disaster.
  2. We have the choice to cling onto the hope that we will never face difficult conditions or put a plan in place for the worst-case scenario.

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