- Theater. a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
- Movies, Television. a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
verb (used with object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
verb (used without object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.
- to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
- to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.
Origin of grip
Related formsgrip·less, adjectivere·grip, verb, re·gripped or re·gript, re·grip·ping.un·grip, verb, un·gripped, un·grip·ping.
British Dictionary definitions for come to grips with (1 of 2)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
verb grips, gripping or gripped
Derived Formsgripper, noungrippingly, adverb
Word Origin for grip
British Dictionary definitions for come to grips with (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with come to grips with (1 of 2)
come to grips with
Confront squarely, deal decisively with, as in Her stories help the children come to grips with upsetting events. This term, sometimes put as get to grips with, employs grip in the sense of a “tight hold.” [Mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with come to grips with (2 of 2)
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.