To grasp or grip someone or something.
Lay hold of that end of the sheet and pull it straight.
I tried to lay hold of her before she fell off the step, but it happened too fast.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The idiom ‘lay hold of (someone or something)’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”
Example usage of idiom ‘lay hold of (someone or something)’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.