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Their skin does not cling so closely as the skin of oranges.

She must have something to which she could cling if it were nothing more than a familiar routine.

She didn't seem willin' to have me go; she seemed to cling to me.

If we cling not to Him, our names to that document will be but as dust.

I cling for a second to what is, and then I fling myself headlong into what is to be.

Wrayson would have spoken then, but his tongue seemed to cling to the roof of his mouth.

I could not put one foot before the other, but could only cling to his arm in silence.

But he was able to cling to the weapon, and meet each onslaught with hot metal.

They cling on, they multiply, they live in spite of everything.

There cling to him still the limitations and dregs of his brute life.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English clingan "hold fast, adhere closely; congeal, shrivel" (strong verb, past tense clang, past participle clungen), from Proto-Germanic *klingg- (cf. Danish klynge "to cluster;" Old High German klinga "narrow gorge;" Old Norse klengjask "press onward;" Danish klinke, Dutch klinken "to clench;" German Klinke "latch").

The main sense shifted in Middle English to "adhere to" (something else), "stick together." Of persons in embrace, c.1600. Figuratively (to hopes, outmoded ideas, etc.), from 1580s. Of clothes from 1792. Related: Clung; clinging.

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