aferrarse a

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aferrarse a
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to hold tightly)
a. to cling to
El niño se aferró a su madre cuando vio al hombre.The boy clung to his mother when he saw the man.
b. to clutch at
El marinero se aferró al mástil, pero este estaba demasiado resbaloso para sostenerse.The sailor clutched at the mast, but it was too slippery to hold.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to continue to believe in)
a. to cling to
Los padres de la niña desaparecida se aferraron a la esperanza de volver a verla.The missing girl parents clung to the hope that they would see her again.
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