ahold

noun
\ ə-ˈhōld How to pronounce ahold (audio) \

Definition of ahold

informal
: hold usually used in phrases like get ahold of to mean "take hold of," "get possession of," "get in contact with," etc.It took me a long time to learn that success is not such a fabulous goal. It's like air—you can't get ahold of it.— Kristin McMurranAn eleven-year-old boy … gets ahold of a million dollars in laundered money and goes on a spending spree.The New Yorker… if you could get ahold of a representative …— Norman MailerI picture him now reading this, and long to reach out of the page and grab ahold of his shirt front …— Mary Karr

Examples of ahold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That way, if someone gets ahold of your personal ID, future meetings won’t be disrupted by Zoombombers. Los Angeles Times, "Is Zoom safe to use? Here’s what you need to know," 13 Apr. 2020 The easy part is getting ahold of a couple antlers and some deer scent and then essentially having the option to train in any environment (backyards and living rooms included). Tony J. Peterson, Outdoor Life, "7 Myths About Shed Hunting Dogs," 24 Feb. 2020 Mommy loves you! Swipe to see how cute the cake was before Jake got ahold of it! Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Carrie Underwood Posted a Rare Photo of Baby Jacob Demolishing His Birthday Cake," 26 Jan. 2020 For starters, Haley Joy, Hoda's baby girl, got ahold of a flag and looked adorable as ever proudly waving it at her fellow partygoers. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Hoda Kotb and Jenna Hager Bush Just Posted THE Cutest Videos of Their Daughters," 5 July 2018 The media got ahold of the story, and theories weren’t far behind. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Angels, Airships, and Aliens: The 3,500-Year History of UFO Sightings," 24 Sep. 2019 After getting ahold of the rapist's hard drive, Stacy found a photo of Marie and immediately contacted Lynnwood police. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking True Story of Marie Adler From Netflix's 'Unbelievable'," 16 Sep. 2019 That’s led to some speculation that Dorsey was somehow still signed into Cloudhopper for all these years, and the hackers got ahold of that account. Wired, "How Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's Account (Probably) Was Hacked," 30 Aug. 2019 For others, even getting ahold of the essentials is out of reach. Randi Stevenson, chicagotribune.com, "Shop Amazon and stuff backpacks: 10 ways to actually make a difference for kids who can’t afford school supplies," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of ahold

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ahold

probably from the phrase a hold

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“Ahold.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ahold. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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