1 hold tightly
ADV. firmly, tightly | desperately, precariously houses clinging precariously to sheer cliffs | together The children clung together in fear.
PREP. onto She clung onto my arm. | to He clung tightly to the raft to keep himself afloat.
2 stay close
ADV. close/closely The ground mist clung closely to the hedgerows.
PREP. to PHRASAL VERBS cling (on) to sth
ADV. still | rigidly, stubbornly, tenaciously He still clings stubbornly to his socialist ideas. | desperately, fiercely She was desperately clinging on to life.