The recent purge of election candidates in Iraq threatens to push the country into the grip of Islamic extremism.
Just as Florence and the Renaissance loosened the grip of the feudal lords and "focused on the worth of a human being," she said.
“They think Putin is the only evil in Russia and dream about getting rid of him,” he said, tightening his grip on the wheel.
The religious forces that helped elect Bush have lost their grip on American politics.
Amid speculation that he was losing his grip, that he was literally dying of a broken heart, he stayed.
Looking ahead, my heart pained as if in the grip of an iron hand.
If he thinks there is reason to fear you, he will never let up on you till he has you in his grip.
Undoubtedly since the revolt of the duodenum her grip of him had sensibly tightened.
But she clung like a leech to Sylvia with the black handkerchief in her grip.
In struggling to regain his grip on the plane, he lost the loose end of his leggins.
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.
[second sense a shortening of gripsack]