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clingverb

uk   us   /klɪŋ/ (clung, clung)
  • cling verb (HOLD)

C2 [I + adv/prep] to ​stick onto or ​hold something or someone ​tightly, or to ​refuse to ​stopholding it, him, or her: We got so ​wet that ​ourclothes clung to us. They clung together in ​terror as the ​screamsgrewlouder. One little ​girl was clinging onto a ​cuddlytoy. She clung to the ​handrail as she ​walked down the ​slipperysteps.

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  • cling verb (STAY CLOSE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to ​stayclose or near: The ​road clings to (= ​closelyfollows) the ​coastline for several ​miles, then it ​turnsinland. [I] disapproving to ​stayclose to someone who is taking ​care of you, because you need ​theirsupport: Jenny is the ​kind of ​child who always clings ​whenever she's taken to a new ​place.
clinging
adjective uk   us   /ˈklɪŋ.ɪŋ/ (also clingy)
(Definition of cling from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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clingverb [I]

 us   /klɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle clung  /klʌŋ/ )
to ​holdtightly or to ​stick; to ​refuse to ​stopholding: They clung together in ​terror. We were ​soakingwet and ​ourclothes clung to us. fig. Farmers and herders cling to the ​valleys (= ​stay in the ​valleys) where the ​soil is less ​sandy.
(Definition of cling from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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