latch on to

idiom

variants or latch onto
1
: to grab and hold (something)
He latched onto her arm and wouldn't let go.
often used figuratively
The news media has latched on to the scandal.
2
: to begin using, doing, or enjoying (something) in an enthusiastic way
Many companies have latched onto the trend of using consultants.
He latched onto music as a way to relax.
3
: to stay close to (someone or something)
Soon after she got to the party, some strange man latched on to her and wouldn't go away.

Examples of latch on to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the financial posters also used the social media platform Discord, which has chatrooms devoted to stock movements and cryptocurrency trading, where day traders can latch on to real or imagined events and try to push a given holding up or down before cashing out. Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 Nikki said that the dog market has been more visible and prevalent for investors to latch on to. Jonathan Keane, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 But if one rider gets injured, fans are left without a favorite to latch on to for the season. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 11 July 2022 The trees need to have been at least large enough for cicadas to latch on to their roots in 2004. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, 23 Apr. 2021 Sandra Oh), is what gives the viewer something to emotionally latch on to. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 26 Mar. 2021 The autumn fog brings airborne mold spores that latch on to the Sémillon grapes and break the fruits’ skin, beginning a process of dehydration that allows sugars to concentrate in the grapes. Rebecca Coffey, Discover Magazine, 26 Sep. 2011 The right would then latch on to general confusion about what’s actually in the infrastructure package and blame high gas prices on Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi’s radical green agenda, contributing to a blowout Congressional sweep for the GOP in 2022. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 12 Oct. 2021 Even when these ideas aren’t rooted in facts, many people still latch on to fringe theories — and, in some cases, deny contradictory evidence — due to powerful emotional, political and cultural influences. Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine, 14 May 2021

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“Latch on to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latch%20on%20to. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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