get hold of

variants: or chiefly US get a hold of

Definition of get hold of

1 :to get possession of (something) :to succeed in getting (something)
  • Somehow she managed to get hold of the band's new album before it came out.
  • Where did you get hold of that idea?
2 :to find and talk to (someone) :to contact (someone)
  • I need to talk to my lawyer, but I haven't been able to get hold of him.
  • I've been trying to get a hold of my lawyer for days.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

hold play
  1. : to have possession or ownership of or have at one's disposal

  2. : to have as a privilege or position of responsibility

  3. : to have as a mark of distinction

  1. : stronghold

  2. : confinement, custody

  3. : prison

  1. : the interior of a ship below decks

  2. : the cargo compartment of a plane


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