grip

[ grip ]
/ grɪp /

noun

verb (used with object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.

verb (used without object), gripped or gript, grip·ping.

to take firm hold; hold fast.
to take hold on the mind.

Idioms

    come to grips with,
    1. to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
    2. to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.

Origin of grip

before 900; Middle English, Old English gripe grasp (noun); cognate with German Griff, Old English gripa handful; see gripe

Related forms

grip·less, adjectivere·grip, verb, re·gripped or re·gript, re·grip·ping.un·grip, verb, un·gripped, un·grip·ping.

Can be confused

grip gripe grippe
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British Dictionary definitions for come to grips with (1 of 2)

grip

1
/ (ɡrɪp) /

noun


verb grips, gripping or gripped

to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience

Derived Forms

gripper, noungrippingly, adverb

Word Origin for grip

Old English gripe grasp; related to Old Norse gripr property, Old High German grif

British Dictionary definitions for come to grips with (2 of 2)

grip

2
/ (ɡrɪp) /

noun

med a variant spelling of grippe

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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)

grip

see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.


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