Sierra had clung to life for seven weeks before finally succumbing to her wound.
They waited for him to die while we clung to all the living moments we had with him.
Suffering from severe emphysema, she clung to life through a ventilator, as Singer coordinated her care.
In politics, too, he clung to his beliefs even as the cultural ground shifted below his feet.
He clung to me like a chimpanzee baby with all four of his weakened limbs.
I clung to the door firmly as I maneuvered myself through the opening.
And her eyes fastened on Robin; they clung to him and wouldn't let him go.
The more he tried to release himself the closer she clung to him.
She clung to appearances with a tenacity that nothing could shake.
They who have abdicated and have clung to their abdication have always lost by it.
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.