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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hold; grip: "I knew I could make it all right if I got . . . back to the hotel and got ahold of that bottle of brandy” ( Jimmy Breslin).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. To bring a ship to lie as near to the windward as it can to get out to sea.
  • n. A hold, grip, grasp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Near the wind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Near the wind, so as to hold or keep to it: as, to lay a ship a-hold.

Etymologies

a- +‎ hold (Wiktionary)

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