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cling / kling/ • v. (past and past part. clung / kləng/ ) [intr.] (cling to/onto/on) (of a person or animal) hold on tightly to: she clung to Joe's arm fig. she clung onto life. ∎  (cling to) adhere or stick firmly or closely to; be hard to part or remove from: the fabric clung to her smooth skin. ∎  (cling to) remain very close to: the fish cling to the line of the weed. ∎  remain persistently or stubbornly faithful to something: she clung resolutely to her convictions. ∎  be overly dependent on someone emotionally: you are clinging to him for security. DERIVATIVES: cling·er n.

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clingBeijing, bing, bring, Chungking, cling, ding, dingaling, fling, I Ching, king, Kunming, ling, Ming, Nanjing, Peking, ping, ring, sing, Singh, sling, spring, sting, string, swing, Synge, thing, ting, wing, wring, Xining, zing •saying, slaying •bricklaying • minelaying •being, far-seeing, unseeing •sightseeing • well-being •blackberrying •dairying, unvarying •unwearying •self-pitying, unpitying •belying, dying, lying, self-denying, tying, vying •unedifying • unsatisfying • outlying •drawing • underdrawing •easygoing, flowing, going, knowing, mowing, outgoing, showing, sowing, thoroughgoing, toing and froing •seagoing • ongoing • foregoing •theatregoing • churchgoing •following • borrowing • annoying •bluing, doing, misdoing •evil-doing • wrongdoing

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cling †coagulate, congeal; †shrink, wither OE.; adhere, stick, cleave XIII. OE. clingan (str. vb.), corr. to MDu. klingen stick, adhere, beside OE. clengan, ME. clenge adhere, cling; f. Gmc. *klaŋg- *kliŋg- *kluŋg-; see CLENCH.

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