stick like a burr

stick to sb like a bur(r) AND stick to sb like a leech— ≈ пристать; прилипнуть; ≈ пристать как пиявка; ≈ как банный лист; ≈ быть надоедливым, надоедать; приставать

Example 1: Even though Andy was a good swimmer, he'd nearly drowned that day, and the fear of that clung to his mind like a burr. (Maureen C Wartski, Rip Tide)

Example 2: Somebody called me Blackie early, the way they called my fat friend Skinny Minnie; and Blackie hung onto my life like a burr. (Reynolds Price, The Fare to the Moon)

Example 3: ...

see also
[cling like a limpet]
[on one's heels]
[mustard plaster]

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