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verb [intransitive] cling pronunciation in British English /klɪŋ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleclinging
past tenseclung
past participleclung
  1. 1
    to hold onto someone or something tightly with your hands or arms, for example because you are afraid
    cling to:

    Crossing the bridge, she felt dizzy and clung to the rails.

    Some children were sobbing and clinging to their mothers.

    cling together:

    The two monkeys clung tightly together.

  2. 2
    to stick to or fit very tightly on something
    cling to:

    Gareth’s dripping clothes clung to his body.

  3. 3
    to try very hard to keep something
    cling to:

    The Prime Minister is still clinging to power.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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