hold onto sb/sth
— phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/ verb held, held
- He tried to get away, but she held onto him tightly.
- He was finally rescued after holding onto the side of the boat for about 20 minutes.
- The old woman climbed slowly up the stairs, holding onto the rail.
- She held onto her bag firmly and refused to let go.
- She was holding onto the dog's lead with one hand and the bicycle with the other.