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clasp

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishclaspclasp1 ●○○ verb [transitive] written πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 HOLDto hold someone or something tightly, closing your fingers or arms around them syn grip πŸ”Š A baby monkey clasps its mother’s fur tightly.clasp your hands/arms around/behind something πŸ”Š Fenella leaned forward, clasping her hands around her knees. πŸ”Š She stood with her hands clasped tightly together.clasp somebody/something in your hands/arms πŸ”Š She clasped the photograph in her hands.clasp somebody to your chest/bosom (=hold someone tightly with your arms)β–Ί see thesaurus at hold2 FASTEN/DO UPto fasten something with a claspβ†’ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
claspβ€’ Lie down with your hands clasped behind your head.β€’ Magrat clasped her hands together and looked down, biting her knuckles.β€’ To Heather, she seemed delicate looking, poised with her hands loosely clasped in front.β€’ The three sit silent for a moment, hands clasped in identical attitudes, staring at the table.β€’ The baby monkey clasped its mother's fur tightly.β€’ He clasped the royal hand and plastered it with three lingering kisses.β€’ I see nothing wrong with clasping them above the waist.β€’ Kneel, feet and legs together, arms stretched above your head, hands clasped together.clasp your hands/arms around/behind somethingβ€’ They made us all kneel, made us put our heads between our legs and clasp our hands behind.β€’ Malik clasped his hands behind his back.β€’ He switched channels with the remote, clasped his hands behind his head.β€’ I clasped my hands behind my neck, and considered.β€’ Lightly clasp your hands behind your head, elbows out to the sides.β€’ Still with your legs crossed in the air, lightly clasp your hands behind your head.
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claspclasp2 /klɑːsp $ klΓ¦sp/ noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 [countable]DC a small metal object for fastening a bag, belt, piece of jewellery etc2 [singular]HOLD a tight hold syn grip πŸ”Š the firm clasp of her hand
Examples from the Corpus
claspβ€’ It was about fifteen inches wide, of polished wood, and bound with brass clasps.β€’ He hands them over wordlessly, his other arm circling a briefcase with a broken clasp.β€’ The gilding was flaking off a clumsy clasp and some stitches had broken on the handle, leaving it frayed and shabby.β€’ Most exciting of all, the book had a small gilt clasp with a lock and key.β€’ The third time the clasp jammed.
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Verb table
clasp
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyclasp
he, she, itclasps
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyclasped
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave clasped
he, she, ithas clasped
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad clasped
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill clasp
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have clasped
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam clasping
he, she, itis clasping
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you, we, theyare clasping
Past
I, he, she, itwas clasping
you, we, theywere clasping
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been clasping
he, she, ithas been clasping
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been clasping
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be clasping
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been clasping
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