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1‘he fastened the door behind him’
bolt, lock, secure, make secure, make fast, chain, seal
2‘they fastened splints to his leg’
attach, fix, affix, clip, pin, tack
3‘the belt was fastened with an enormous silver buckle’
buckle, join, do up, connect, couple, close, unite, link
lace, lace up, knot
button, button up
zip, zip up
4‘he fastened his horse to a sapling on the bank of the river’
tie, tie up, bind, tether, truss, fetter, lash, hitch, anchor, strap, rope
5‘the dress fastens at the front with ten small buttons’
become closed, close, do up
button, button up, zip, zip up
6‘his gaze fastened on me’
focus, fix, be riveted, concentrate, zero in, zoom in, be brought to bear
direct at, aim at, point at
7‘blame had been fastened on some unknown nutter’
ascribe to, attribute to, assign to, chalk up to, impute to
lay on, pin on, lay at the door of
8‘the critics fastened upon two sections of the report’
single out, concentrate on, focus on, select, pick out, fix on, seize on
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