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Language: Old English
Origin: læccan

latch

2 verb
     
latch2 [transitive]
to fasten a door, gate, or window with a latch

latch on

phrasal verb
British English informal to understand:
He's so thick it took him ages to latch on.

latch onto somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 to become very interested in something:
Don't just latch on to the latest management fads.
2 to follow someone and keep trying to talk to them, get their attention etc, especially when they would prefer to be left alone:
He latched onto Sandy at the party and wouldn't go away.
3 to hold tightly to something with your hand, mouth etc:
a baby latching on to its mother's breast

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