cling verb

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.