Wednesday January 25, 2012
Just hold on
By S.H. LOKE
EVERY one of us has precious things we hold on to, be they fond memories or memorabilia which are dear to us. The way we hold on to these things shows how much they mean to us or how desperate we are not to lose them.
The following words associated with holding can enrich your language and hold the attention of your listeners when you speak.
A tight hold on something
She clutches her bag whenever she is caught in a crowd.
To hold something or someone tightly for safety
The toddler clings to his mother tightly when he is afraid.
To hold something firmly
He grasped the rope tightly in the tug-of-war.
a. To grasp a chance or an opportunity is to quickly use an opportunity
After his sickness he grasped the opportunity to apply for a transfer.
b. Ability to understand a complicated idea or situation
She has a good grasp of Organic Chemistry.
c. Something which is beyond your grasp is too difficult for you to understand
Physics is beyond my grasp.
a. To hold something tightly
I gripped the bus seat tightly as it swerved suddenly.
b. To have a strong effect on someone or something
Fear gripped me when I saw a cockroach in my kitchen.
The country was gripped by political upheaval after the elections.
Very exciting and interesting
The psychological thriller is a gripping tale of suspense and fear.
To hold something gently in your hands or arms as if to protect it
She cradled her baby lovingly in her arms.
a. To hold someone close to you as a sign of love
Both mother and son embraced as they were reunited after five years.
b. To start to believe in a religion or political system
Finally, he embraced Islam in order to marry Minah.