verb (used without object), clung, cling·ing.
- clincher tire,
- cline, patsy,
- cling peach,
- clinging vine,
- clingmans dome
Origin of cling1
Origin of cling2
Examples from the Web for cling
But the fact of the matter is the equal protection they cling to is not the reality.
Yet instead of disbelieving that the facts will set us free, we cling to them as if they were spoils of war.
Without Dawn and her desperate need to cling to power, the evil place falls apart.The Walking Dead’s Midseason Finale Shocker: A Cherished Character Meets a Grisly End|Melissa Leon|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sharply tailored blazer and weighty jewelry that cling to her body hints at the dominant personality she possesses.
For months, first term Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has managed to cling to slim lead that has defied national factors.In Tarheel State, Democratic Senate Incumbent Bucks National GOP Trend|Ben Jacobs|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Repeated failure had somewhat dampened her hope, but had not altered her determination to "cling to her ladyship to the last."Overshadowed|Sutton E. Griggs
Resist, and all who cling to you shall be put to the sword, and to yourself I promise nothing.Queen Sheba's Ring|H. Rider Haggard
She had broken off to thump his shoulder in reassurance, to cling more abjectly.The Wrong Twin|Harry Leon Wilson
All she had to do was to cling to it, and nobody could make her do or be anything.The Pastor's Wife|Elizabeth von Arnim
Closer and closer did Agnes cling to that noble heart, but she spoke no word.The Days of Bruce Vol 1|Grace Aguilar
verb clings, clinging or clung (intr)
Word Origin for cling
Old English clingan "hold fast, adhere closely; congeal, shrivel" (strong verb, past tense clang, past participle clungen), from Proto-Germanic *klingg- (cf. Danish klynge "to cluster;" Old High German klinga "narrow gorge;" Old Norse klengjask "press onward;" Danish klinke, Dutch klinken "to clench;" German Klinke "latch").
The main sense shifted in Middle English to "adhere to" (something else), "stick together." Of persons in embrace, c.1600. Figuratively (to hopes, outmoded ideas, etc.), from 1580s. Of clothes from 1792. Related: Clung; clinging.