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  • v. hold firmly, usually with one's hands


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  • Opprobrious, and so far as sense goes obsolete epithets applied in the heat and passion of battle still cling to the ancient foe and create prejudice against him.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • The working-class neighborhoods on the South Side still cling to the hillsides with their narrow streets, stair-step sidewalks, and worn and sad-looking houses with the kinds of expansive city views that San Franciscans pay millions for.

    Housing Bust? What Housing Bust?

  • So great do the advantages of posture in childbirth seem to be, that people cling to this custom more firmly than to any other of their traditions, as we have seen by the chair of the Cypriote midwife, who to-day reënacts the labor scene of 2,300 years ago; and of the native Peruvian woman, who is still confined as were her ancestors at the time of the Incas.

    Labor Among Primitive Peoples

  • Mediumship proves the polycentric nature of personal consciousness; the “I” we cling to so fiercely is somewhat of a sham, a delusion, and very superficial.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • As the journalist David Kirby wrote in a book that Redwood helped to assemble, “Her son did not have an official diagnosis, and she was going to cling to her faith that his dire condition might only be temporary.”

    The Panic Virus

  • Flotsam that was close enough to bruise her floated tauntingly out of reach when she tried to cling to it.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Stringy pulp drapes cling to my face and arms with the invisible softness of a wildflower petal as I float through the veiled twists and turns of the passage.

    127 Hours

  • Like a child who clings to a teddy bear well into adolescence, or a lottery winner who repaints the old house, he would cling to the familiar and be slow to embrace what is new.


  • For those few misguided souls who still cling to the belief that the Moon landings never happened, examination of the results of five decades of LRRR experiments should evidence how delusional their rejection of the Moon landing really is.

    First Man

  • In an endeavour to induce the newly converted Jews to abandon the defective Aaronic priesthood and to cling to the Great High Priest who entered heaven, St. Paul in his Epistle to the Hebrews, extols the dignity of Christ's sacerdotal office.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss


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