This left her boss, the commander in chief, to hand his nine-iron to the caddy and grimly ask for broom and dustpan.
Ross Douthat has a grimly ironic take on sequestration: Yes it's dumb, but so are we.
Walmart is actually defying the logic embraced so grimly by Sears, Kmart, and millions of citizen-shoppers.
Savage Coast uses this technique to great effect, especially as the novel builds to its determined, grimly triumphant dénouement.
In the Financial Times today, business leader Mortimer Zuckerman grimly summarizes the crisis in American jobs and wages.
Aaron grimly chuckled, and loved the Colonel with real tenderness.
"I heard you were there, afterward," stated Captain Mayo, grimly.
"That's just what I intend doing, now that we have the game uncovered," said Nick, grimly.
One side was in the saddle and determined; the other afoot and grimly desperate.
He held on grimly, crushing the life out of the slender writhing form until it ceased to quiver and throb, and hung limp.
Old English grimm "fierce, cruel, savage, dire, painful," from Proto-Germanic *grimmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm, Old Norse grimmr, Swedish grym "fierce, furious"), from PIE *ghrem- "angry," perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Greek khremizein "to neigh," Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti "to thunder," Russian gremet' "thunder").
A weaker word now than once it was; sense of "dreary, gloomy" first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). Old English also had a noun, grima "goblin, specter," perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.
Grim reaper as a figurative way to say "death" is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and death goes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for "have recourse to harsh measures" was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).
"spectre, bogey, haunting spirit," 1620s, from grim (adj.).