- the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
- the power of gripping: He has a strong grip.
- a grasp, hold, or control.
- mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on a problem.
- competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs: The boss is old and is losing his grip.
- a special mode of clasping hands: Members of the club use the secret grip.
- something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
- a handle or hilt: That knife has a very unusual grip.
- a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
- Older Use. a small traveling bag.
- Theater.a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
- Movies, Television.a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
- to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast: We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
- to take hold on; hold the interest of: to grip the mind.
- to attach by a grip or clutch.
- to take firm hold; hold fast.
- to take hold on the mind.
- come to grips with,
- to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
- to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.
Origin of grip
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- the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmlyhe lost his grip on the slope
- Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshakea feeble grip
- the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
- understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as get or have a grip on)
- Also called: handgrip a part by which an object is grasped; handle
- Also called: handgrip a travelling bag or holdall
- See hairgrip
- any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
- a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
- a spasm of paina grip in one's stomach
- a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
- a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
- get to grips or come to grips (often foll by with)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
- to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
- to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience
- med a variant spelling of grippe
Word Origin and History for come to grips with
Old English grippan "to grip, seize, obtain" (class I strong verb; past tense grap, past participle gripen), from West Germanic *gripjan (cf. Old High German gripfen "to rob," Old English gripan "to seize;" see gripe). Related: Gripped; gripping. French gripper "to seize," griffe "claw" are Germanic loan-words.
fusion of Old English gripe "grasp, clutch" and gripa "handful, sheaf" (see grip (v.)). Meaning "stage hand" is from 1888, from their work shifting scenery.
Idioms and Phrases with come to grips with
come to grips with
Confront squarely, deal decisively with, as in Her stories help the children come to grips with upsetting events. This term, sometimes put as get to grips with, employs grip in the sense of a “tight hold.” [Mid-1900s]