fasten onto

fasten onto
phrasal verb fasten on or fasten onto or fasten upon [transitive]
Word forms "fasten on":
present tense I/you/we/they fasten on he/she/it fastens on present participle fastening on past tense fastened on past participle fastened on
1) fasten onto or fasten upon if your eyes fasten on someone or something, you start to look at them very carefully or for a long time

Seven pairs of eyes fastened on him at this news.

fasten your eyes/gaze on someone/something:

His gaze was fastened on his daughter.

2) fasten onto or fasten upon if your attention fastens on someone or something, you start to pay close attention to them

My mind fastened on this new and terrible thing that was happening.

fasten your attention/mind on someone/something:

I fastened my attention on the noise in the distance.

3) fasten onto or fasten upon
fasten on something to accept and start to use an idea or suggestion very quickly and with enthusiasm

It was a brilliant idea, and I fastened on it immediately.

4) fasten onto or fasten upon
fasten on someone to keep following or talking to someone and not let them go

English dictionary. 2014.

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