Is this a variant of that elite condescension for ordinary folks who are "bitter," and who "cling to guns and religion"?
He knows these poor souls will die in the earthquake, or else cling to life before the whole universe is vaporized on October 21.
Mark was still trying to cling to more than $60 million sought by the trustee when he took his life.
His party will manage to cling to power anyway—but a few simple things could change that.
Democrats cling to only to handful of redoubts, often districts gerrymandered by Republican legislatures to be majority black.
She is naturally inclined to cling to a person rather than to an idea, to follow a person rather than a theory.
Their skin does not cling so closely as the skin of oranges.
Now this action is one of the characteristics of the Swifts, who often cling to walls for a time, and then resume their flight.
I cling for a second to what is, and then I fling myself headlong into what is to be.
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.