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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLINGING

That clinging mist seemed of evil bodement for our expedition.

Allis knew who the friends were; the clinging touch of stephanotis had come with him.

He alarmed her with his imperious gesture, and she turned from him, clinging to my neck.

And yet Nancy was not clinging to life itself; she only seemed to be, because she clung to love.

Even her weeping and her sobs were stifled by her clinging round him.

I resisted, and, clinging to the rails, began kicking and roaring.

Lucie had, by that time, fallen into a stupor on the floor at his feet, clinging to his hand.

He sat her down just within the door, and held her, clinging to him.

His feet churned the clinging mud, and he felt as if he were running in a dream.

Then Allen Parker found his wife in his arms, clinging to him.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CLINGING

adhesive

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