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take hold

1.
Grasp, as in Take hold of this end of the rope. [ Late 1500s ]
2.
Become established, as in The new vines quickly took hold, or This idea will never take hold with the voters. [ c. 1300 ]
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  • "As if it would hurt to take hold of the boat hook with chocolate fingers," spoke Mollie a bit sharply.

  • Now sit astride of my back and take hold of Lefty's right claw.

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • Upon the word, "up," Jack and Jill take hold of hands and climb into same seats.

    Dramatized Rhythm Plays John N. Richards
  • He's a master hand when he does once take hold of anything, I tell you that!

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • take hold of the button that moves the valves and pull it toward you.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder

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