I cling to my family members for support—my brothers-in-law and nephews who swear to me that they love Sex and the City.
He knows these poor souls will die in the earthquake, or else cling to life before the whole universe is vaporized on October 21.
In the first term, the Democrats may cling to the cautious platform it developed under siege.
Democrats cling to only to handful of redoubts, often districts gerrymandered by Republican legislatures to be majority black.
The justices are going to cling to their seats like deranged limpets until a president of their party is ready to replace them.
She is naturally inclined to cling to a person rather than to an idea, to follow a person rather than a theory.
He gave at the knees and was obliged to cling to a Chippendale cabinet for support.
Now this action is one of the characteristics of the Swifts, who often cling to walls for a time, and then resume their flight.
During this time they cling to the swimming legs of the parent by means of their pincers.
The stallion thundered on; and the little jockey managed to cling to the saddle, though how he did it none of us could tell.
Old English clingan "hold fast, adhere closely; congeal, shrivel" (strong verb, past tense clang, past participle clungen), from Proto-Germanic *klingg- (cf. Danish klynge "to cluster;" Old High German klinga "narrow gorge;" Old Norse klengjask "press onward;" Danish klinke, Dutch klinken "to clench;" German Klinke "latch").
The main sense shifted in Middle English to "adhere to" (something else), "stick together." Of persons in embrace, c.1600. Figuratively (to hopes, outmoded ideas, etc.), from 1580s. Of clothes from 1792. Related: Clung; clinging.