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  • v. Present participle of take hold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)


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  • "You are a real tête montée," he said, standing now before her, and taking hold lightly and caressingly of Eleanor's chin as he spoke.

    The Old Helmet

  • With the liquor taking hold I felt safe among the lights and music, with this delectable houri to hand.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • I said, taking hold of the hand which lay upon the coverlid.

    Daisy in the Field

  • "Which means she's had almost a whole day to give him her pitch," he said, taking hold of Bult's pony's reins.

    Futures Imperfect

  • "Laurence," he said, taking hold of his countryman's arm with a decided grasp, "I want to speak to you for a moment, if you please."

    Phineas Finn

  • "I think you'd better sit down," Alis said, taking hold of my arm.

    Futures Imperfect

  • "By – – – –, you're here," said Ratler, taking hold of him with an affection that was too warm.

    Phineas Finn

  • There was Lucca, with San Frediano and the glories of Romanesque architecture; Fra Bartolommeo's picture of the Madonna with the Magdalen and St. Catherine of Siena, his initiation into the significance of early religious painting: and, taking hold of his imagination, in her marble sleep, more powerfully than any flesh and blood, the dead lady of St. Martin's Church, Ilaria di Caretto.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • About the same epoch the Hethites came in from the North and some of their settlements were established as far south as the valley of Juda, while the Amorrhites were taking hold of the trans-Jordanic highland.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • But then Maitland felt it taking hold of his toes once more, just as Lord James was saying, "You are welcome to come back to my quarters here."

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles


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