Petraeus, to be sure, did not save the world, but a war-weary nation, starved of heroes, has latched onto him.
And later in life, it really became a symbolism that I latched onto.
So Ratner followed a passion for music and latched onto the hip-hop scene in New York while still a student at NYU.
Americans have latched on to snowboarding, hiking, and the new trends of showing up to work in fleeces and adventure sandals.
As a result, American electricity generators have latched on to cleaner-burning gas.
Bill slammed the door and latched it, then fumbled frantically with the starter switch.
It's no secret that we've latched on to quite a number of your friends.
After she had locked and latched the door she set about the business of emptying her kit bags.
The door was not latched, and every thing was so quiet that I stood still and listened.
When the door is latched the wooden piece F fits underneath the latch as shown by Fig. 317.
Old English læccan "to grasp or seize," from Proto-Germanic *lakkijanan. Not found in other Germanic languages; probably from PIE *(s)lagw- "to seize" (see analemma). In its original sense the verb was paralleled in Middle English and then replaced by French import catch (v.). Meaning "to fasten with a latch" is mid-15c. Related: Latched; latching.
a fastening for a door, etc., late 13c., probably from latch (v.).