clinging to nuclear weapons in excess of our security needs does not make the United States safer.
You know how all these Alaskans are—clinging to their guns and religion and so forth.
Those seemingly distinct blow-ups are actually part of a continuum: Wall Street is clinging to a model that no longer exists.
They lost winnable elections because they are clinging to their aging and endangered worldviews.
Remove and discard all clinging seeds and stack the pepper sections on a plate.
Several cabin boys are seen, some clinging to the shrouds, some seated.
That clinging mist seemed of evil bodement for our expedition.
As we entered she dropped my hand, clinging convulsively to my dress.
Allis knew who the friends were; the clinging touch of stephanotis had come with him.
Her mother was an old woman, clinging with an old, stubborn fidelity to the little things of her past.
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.