latch onto

latch onto
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "latch onto":
present tense I/you/we/they latch onto he/she/it latches onto present participle latching onto past tense latched onto past participle latched onto informal
1) latch onto someone to go with someone who does not want to be with you

Two boys tried to latch onto us as we were leaving.

2) latch onto something to immediately become very interested in something that you discover

The media latched onto the rumour and reported it as fact.


English dictionary. 2014.

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