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Hi, English Gurus!

"Laura stood up and held to one of the wagon bows"

In that sentence, what is the difference between "held" and "held to"?

My non-native speaker-ish sense is that, "held" means just held the wagon bows, but "held to" means held the wagon bows only to keep physica balance.

Guide me, my gurus!
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What I believe you are probably looking for, Pructus, is: 'held on to one of the wagon bows'.
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What are wagon bows, anyway?
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I'd guess, without empirical knowledge, that they are the arched framing pieces that hold a cover, as in the Conestoga wagon.

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