latch\ on

latch\ on
• latch on
• hitch onto
v informal
1. To get hold of; grasp or grab; catch.

He looked for something to latch onto and keep from falling.

The football player latched onto a pass.

2. slang
To get into your possession.

The banker latched onto a thousand shares of stock.

3. slang
To understand.

The teacher explained the idea of jet engines until the students latched onto it.

Syn.: catch on
4. informal To keep; to hold.

The poor woman latched onto the little money she had left.

5. slang
To stay with; not leave.

Marie and Dick wanted to go to the movies by themselves, but Mane's little brother latched onto them.

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