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Grasp, seize on, as in
He clutched at branches, shrubs, anything he could lay hold of to break his fall
First half of 1500s
get hold of
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lay hold of
But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that...
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination—everything which can charm and...
(...) obeying its own law and none of ours. We think we can lay hold of image and take it captive,...
John Crowe Ransom