latch onto - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive] informal
present tense
I/you/we/theylatch onto
he/she/itlatches onto
present participlelatching onto
past tenselatched onto
past participlelatched onto
  1. 1
    latch onto someone to go with someone who does not want to be with you

    Two boys tried to latch onto us as we were leaving.

  2. 2
    latch onto something to immediately become very interested in something that you discover

    The media latched onto the rumour and reported it as fact.

See also main entry: latch