- a worker on a cable car who operates the grip, which, by grasping or releasing the moving cable, starts or stops the car.
Origin of gripman
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Examples from the Web for gripman
The conductor owes his position to her, and the gripman's mother does her laundry.
They heard the kindly tones of the gripman talking to his children.
A little girl came out with a tin pail, the gripman's dinner.
"You'd better hang on; the gripman is mad tonight," Mary explained.Rose of Dutcher's Coolly
The gripman usually jerks his thumb over his shoulder and indicates the next car, which is three miles away.