take hold

Idioms & Phrases

take hold

  1. Grasp, as in Take hold of this end of the rope. [Late 1500s]

  2. Become established, as in The new vines quickly took hold, or This idea will never take hold with the voters. [c. 1300]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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take hold

verb
1. assume control 
2. have or hold in one's hands or grip; "Hold this bowl for a moment, please"; "A crazy idea took hold of him" [syn: hold] [ant: let go
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