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

Definition of ahold

: hold if you could get ahold of a representative— Norman Mailer

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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 While the audience reacted to the speech with a blend of laughter, shock and discomfort, the real fallout of the speech came when the internet got ahold of it. Piper Mcdaniel, Los Angeles Times, "Teen’s accusations in viral valedictorian speech may have been unfounded, report says," 19 July 2019 The fight Rodecap grabbed for King's arm as Dorris tried to get ahold of him, both troopers remembered. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "DPS report reveals new details in final moments of slain Trooper Tyler Edenhofer," 17 July 2019 The Belgian broadcaster got ahold of the recordings after Dutch audio data was leaked by a Google employee. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google defends 'critical' Assistant language experts who listen to your recordings," 12 July 2019 Sometimes, the bed or mat would go to the first child who got ahold of it when another got up to go to the bathroom. oregonlive.com, "An Oregon lawyer visited border patrol facilities in the El Paso sector; here’s what she knows and what it means.," 29 June 2019 The hue may be right, but the undertone is wrong, the texture or finish might also need work, and since many brands still refuse to stock their full array of shades, even getting ahold of the right options would take time. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "365 Days of Foundation: How One Vogue Writer Finally Found a Perfect Match," 18 Apr. 2019 Oh my god that didgeridoo is gonna be SO MUCH TROUBLE, especially if cousins Prince George and Louis get ahold of it. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Sussex's Gifts From Australian Fans Include 11 Stuffed Koalas and Three Boomerangs," 5 Apr. 2019 Screenshots on social media indicate that some people in South Korea and China got ahold of the tests in advance, Inside Higher Ed reports. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "SAT Questions Allegedly Leaked From Previous Tests Given in Asia," 27 Aug. 2018

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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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