latch on

[latch on] or [hitch onto] {v.}, {informal} 1. To get hold of;grasp or grab; catch.

He looked for something to latch onto andkeep from falling.

The football player latched onto a pass.

2.{slang} To get into your possession.

The banker latched onto athousand shares of stock.

3. {slang} To understand.

The teacherexplained the idea of jet engines until the students latched onto it.

Syn.: CATCH ON. 4. {informal} To keep; to hold.

The poor womanlatched onto the little money she had left.

5. {slang} To stay with;not leave.

Marie and Dick wanted to go to the movies by themselves,but Mane's little brother latched onto them.