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cling

verb uk   /klɪŋ/ (clung, clung) us  

cling verb (HOLD)

C2 [I + adv/prep] to stick onto or hold something or someone tightly, or to refuse to stop holding it or them: We got so wet that our clothes clung to us. They clung together in terror as the screams grew louder. One little girl was clinging onto a cuddly toy. She clung to the handrail as she walked down the slippery steps.

cling verb (STAY CLOSE)

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