Informal. a hold or grasp (often followed by of ): He took ahold of my arm. Grab ahold!
Nautical Archaic. close to the wind and on a single tack: to keep a vessel ahold.
get ahold of, Informal. hold ( def 51 ).

1600–10; a-1 + hold1 (noun)

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