- To hold on very tightly; to grip hard
- The girls had to clinging on so they didn't let go of my hands.
- (figuratively) To hold on tightly
2011 December 29, Keith Jackson, “SPL: Celtic 1 Rangers 0”, in Daily Record:
- And although they were pushed harder than even Lennon might have expected on a night of galeforce winds, they clung on to the lead Ledley gave them for all they were worth until their rivals had blown themselves out and surrendered top spot.