hold fast

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Verb1.hold fast - stick to firmlyhold fast - stick to firmly; "Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?"
bind - form a chemical bond with; "The hydrogen binds the oxygen"
cling, cohere, adhere, cleave, stick - come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere"
attach - become attached; "The spider's thread attached to the window sill"
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When the waves began to tumble and toss and to grow bigger and bigger the ship rolled up and down, and tipped sidewise--first one way and then the other--and was jostled around so roughly that even the sailor-men had to hold fast to the ropes and railings to keep themselves from being swept away by the wind or pitched headlong into the sea.
One should hold fast one's heart; for when one letteth it go, how quickly doth one's head run away!
Just then father lifted the rainbow again, without noticing me at all, and though I tried to seize the end of it and hold fast, it melted away entirely and I was left alone and helpless on the cold, hard earth
Freighted with eternal principles Athwart the night's void, Where cloud masses darken, And the wind blows ceaseless around, Beyond the range of conceptions Let us gain the Centre, And there hold fast without violence, Fed from an inexhaustible supply.
Truth was the one virtue which I might have held fast, and did hold fast, through all extremity; save when thy good -- thy life -- thy fame -- were put in question!
I think I can swim to the shore and pull the raft after me, if you will only hold fast to the tip of my tail.
Now, Jack, be sure to hold fast to this post and then you can't fall off and get smashed.
Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet,' said he, 'I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.
No better man living to hold fast by what Tellson's had in keeping, and to hold his peace.
But I stood rockfirm -- even I, Philippa Gordon, who never before could hold fast to anything.
Ah, was it easy here to believe and hold fast the great password of Christian faith, that "God IS, and is the REWARDER of them that diligently seek Him"?
They hold fast by the original views of their masters, in opposition to the progressive historical development of the proletariat.