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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Probably from Scottish English glaum 'to seize' (18-19 centuries), from Scottish Gaelic glam

glom

verb
     
glom past tense and past participle glommed, present participle glomming

glom onto something

phrasal verb
1 to become attached to someone or something so strongly that it is difficult to break the attachment:
The antibodies glom onto the virus and destroy it.
2 to be very attracted to an idea, opinion, style etc:
College students have glommed onto the new African styles.

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