glom

[glom] Slang.
verb (used with object), glommed, glomming.
1.
to steal.
2.
to catch or grab.
3.
to look at.
noun
4.
a look or glimpse.
Verb phrases
5.
glom onto, to take hold or possession of: He wanted to glom onto some of that money.

Origin:
1895–1900, Americanism; compare Scots glaum, glam to snatch at, glammis jaws of a vise, apparently < Scots Gaelic glàm to grab, clutch, influenced by clam2

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glom (ɡlɒm)
 
vb (foll by on to)
1.  to attach oneself to or associate oneself with
2.  (US) to acquire, esp without paying
 
[C20: from Scots glaum]

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glom
1907, from glahm "grab, snatch, steal," Amer.Eng. underworld slang, from Scot. glaum (1715), from Gael. glam "to handle awkwardly, grab voraciously, devour." Sense of "look at, watch" (1945) is apparently derived from the same word.
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Example sentences
Which is why barnacles, algae, and other marine organisms that glom onto hulls or bodies are such pests.
Left undisturbed, they'd glom onto each other and become a fortress of twisted shells.
He's able to glom on to something someone said and repeat it as if it were his own thought.
And so wherever there were facilities, in various agencies, he would glom on to them.
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