- 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
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
verb grips, gripping or gripped
Word Origin for grip
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.
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]
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.