verb (past and past participle clung /klʌŋ/)[no object] (cling to/on to/on)
- 1Hold on tightly to: she clung to Joe’s arm we sat on the sofa clinging on to one another • figurative she clung on to life for 16 daysMore example sentences
- Call me paranoid, but I've been clinging on tightly to my handbags ever since.
- She didn't say anything, she just clung to him tightly and he pulled her through the water.
- Suddenly, Nimue put her arms around her and clung to her tightly as if she never wanted to let her go.
- 1.1Adhere or stick firmly or closely to; be hard to part or remove from: the smell of smoke clung to their clothes the fabric clung to her smooth skinMore example sentences
- Still the stain clings, sticks fast like the smell of sin.
- The clothes clung closely to her slender body, lending her the uneasy feeling of exposure.
- Like all other Indian restaurants I've been to, its interior decor clings closely to Indian culture.
- 1.2Remain very close to: the fish cling to the line of the weedMore example sentences
- I began to see clearly how depression had clung close to the outer edges of my life for many years.
- Aurora clung even closer to Nathan after the encounter with Sylvia, and Ella's eyes seemed to smolder with jealousy.
- He clung close to his father's arm, gazing wide-eyed around him all the while.
- 1.3Remain persistently or stubbornly faithful to: she clung resolutely to her convictionsMore example sentences
- Their managers clung stubbornly to the narrow definition of their enterprise: they were in the railroad business.
- The Truth could not be revealed to those who clung stubbornly to material values and had not abandoned themselves entirely to the Spiritual World.
- He still clings stubbornly to his belief in the omnipotence of science and the grandeur of human ambition.
- 1.4Be overly dependent on (someone) emotionally: you are clinging to him for securityMore example sentences
- ‘I missed you too, but don't cling child,’ advised her grandma, ‘who's your friend?’
- If they have to cope with the loss of their friends, teachers and even parents, they will cling physically and emotionally to the remaining adults and carers in their lives.
- So it was to their mother, Margaret Marie Bragg, that the Bragg boys clung for emotional and physical nurturing.
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- (also cling peach) A clingstone peach.More example sentences
- I saw a shadow, looked up, Del monte cling peaches coming right on my head.
- It's more your baby potatoes, peas, cling peaches etc.
- Edith, a shopping cart, a can of cling peaches in heavy syrup, and a stranger's car don't mix.
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- The few clingers, such as sweet peas, love-in-a-puff, and purple bell vine, do better with string, netting, mesh, or a trellis for support.
- That makes the spiders the champion surface clingers by a wide margin; the closest insect competitor is an ant, with a safety factor of about 100.
- As far as I was concerned, Amanda could have these clingers with my blessing.
Old English clingan 'stick together', of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch klingen 'adhere', Middle High German klingen 'climb', also to clench.