cling on

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cling on (third-person singular simple present clings on, present participle clinging on, simple past and past participle clung on)

  1. To hold on very tightly; to grip hard
    The girls had to clinging on so they didn't let go of my hands.
  2. (figuratively) To hold on tightly
    • 2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”, Daily Record:
      And although they were pushed harder than even Lennon might have expected on a night of galeforce winds, they clung on to the lead Ledley gave them for all they were worth until their rivals had blown themselves out and surrendered top spot.