Meaning of “hold onto sb/sth” in the English Dictionary

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"hold onto sb/sth" in British English

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hold onto sb/sth

phrasal verb with hold uk /həʊld/ us /hoʊld/ verb held, held

C2 to hold something or someone firmly with your hands or your arms:

Hold onto the rope and don't let go.

More examples

  • 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.

(Definition of “hold onto sb/sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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