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[grip-er] /ˈgrɪp ər/
a person or thing that grips.
Printing. (in certain presses) one of a number of fingerlike devices for gripping a sheet and transferring it to or from the printing surface.
Metalworking. dog (def 13).
Origin of gripper
First recorded in 1560-70; grip + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The type of gripper shown in Fig. 18 is probably the best for general use.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • I consider you, Mrs. gripper, the most valuable person in the house.

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • It's a poor heart, Mrs. gripper, that never rejoices, isn't it?

    Armadale Wilkie Collins
  • The gripper margins A A are determined by the construction of the machines, and may be varied accordingly.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • The relative positions of the side lay and gripper seldom receive the consideration they ought to have.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • If they form an acute angle there is a danger of the sheet moving forward a little as the gripper closes.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • Another matter of a similar character and quite as important in its issues is more directly connected with the gripper.

    Practical Lithography Alfred Seymour
  • gripper wanted to break his engagement even before the departure of the Forward; a sort of shame kept him on board.

  • gripper had even wished to break his engagement when the time came for sailing, and only a feeling of shame prevented him.

  • "We shall have to burn the ship down to the water-line, I suppose," said gripper.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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