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clasp

2 verb
     
clasp2 [transitive] written
1 to hold someone or something tightly, closing your fingers or arms around them [= grip]:
A baby monkey clasps its mother's fur tightly.
clasp your hands/arms around/behind something
Fenella leaned forward, clasping her hands around her knees.
She stood with her hands clasped tightly together.
clasp somebody/something in your hands/arms
She clasped the photograph in her hands.
clasp somebody to your chest/bosom (=hold someone tightly with your arms)
2 to fasten something with a clasp

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