taking hold

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Noun1.taking hold - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)taking hold - the act of gripping something firmly with the hands (or the tentacles)
control - the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
clutch, clutches, grip, hold, clasp, clench, grasp - the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing"
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His feet are taking hold of the pathway that leads down into the grave.
Smoke could be seen coming from the rear of the building from around 7pm, but the fire then spread and large flames could be seen taking hold shortly afterwards.
They eventually overcame the flames in the early hours of Saturday morning - with their actions stopping the fire taking hold of a nearby barn with the cows inside.
The company has clearly benefited from the warm weather, but the strong trading could also be a sign that the Halfords turnaround strategy is finally taking hold.
He allegedly exposed himself to them before taking hold of one of the girls and kissing her.