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To have taken control of with one's hands
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“When the call was made and I had to go, I stood straight in front of the closed door, clenching the handkerchief firmly.”
(with reference to the teeth) Past tense for to press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion
Past tense for to tighten, or to put in a state of tension
(of a muscle) Past tense for to become shorter and tighter in order to effect movement of part of the body
Past tense for to join together via a locking action or mechanism
Full of knots, knotty
Made, fixed or closed firmly and securely
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