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[grip-muh n] /ˈgrɪp mən/
noun, plural gripmen.
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
An Americanism dating back to 1880-85; grip + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Her neck was no bigger than a gripman's wrist and she had a nose that stood right out from her face almost an eighth of an inch.

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  • The conductor owes his position to her, and the gripman's mother does her laundry.

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  • A little girl came out with a tin pail, the gripman's dinner.

  • They heard the kindly tones of the gripman talking to his children.

  • A cable-car, with clanging bell, was bearing down upon it with a speed which the gripman seemed powerless to check.

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  • The gripman usually jerks his thumb over his shoulder and indicates the next car, which is three miles away.

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  • From the forward end you hear the gripman uttering shrill whoops and running over citizens.

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  • "You'd better hang on; the gripman is mad tonight," Mary explained.

    Rose of Dutcher's Coolly Hamlin Garland
  • Towards evening, when the tides of travel set northward, it is curious to see how the gripman and conductor reverse their tempers.

    Last Words Stephen Crane

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