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[ grip ]


  1. the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
  2. the power of gripping:

    He has a strong grip.

  3. a grasp, hold, or control.
  4. mental or intellectual hold:

    to have a good grip on a problem.

  5. competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs:

    The boss is old and is losing his grip.

  6. a special mode of clasping hands:

    Members of the club use the secret grip.

  7. something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
  8. a handle or hilt:

    That knife has a very unusual grip.

  9. a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
  10. Older Use. a small traveling bag.
    1. Theater. a stagehand, especially one who works on the stage floor.
    2. 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.
  1. to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast:

    We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.

  2. to take hold on; hold the interest of:

    to grip the mind.

    Synonyms: fascinate, hold, rivet, attract, impress

  3. to attach by a grip or clutch.

verb (used without object)

, gripped or gript, grip·ping.
  1. to take firm hold; hold fast.
  2. to take hold on the mind.



/ ɡrɪp /


  1. med a variant spelling of grippe



/ ɡrɪp /


  1. the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmly

    he lost his grip on the slope

  2. Also calledhandgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshake

    a feeble grip

  3. the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
  4. understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as get or have a grip on )
  5. Also calledhandgrip a part by which an object is grasped; handle
  6. Also calledhandgrip a travelling bag or holdall
  7. any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
  8. a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
  9. a spasm of pain

    a grip in one's stomach

  10. a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
  11. a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
  12. get to grips or come to grips
    often foll by with
    1. to deal with (a problem or subject)
    2. to tackle (an assailant)


  1. to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
  2. to hold the interest or attention of

    to grip an audience

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgrippingly, adverb
  • ˈgripper, noun

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Other Words From

  • gripless adjective
  • re·grip verb regripped or regript regripping
  • un·grip verb ungripped ungripping

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grip1

First recorded before 900; Middle English, Old English gripe “grasp” (noun); cognate with German Griff, Old English gripa “handful”; gripe

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Word History and Origins

Origin of grip1

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

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing grip

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

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Example Sentences

You get a bevel range of up to 45 degrees and the horizontal handle and clamping system helps you get a good grip on your lumber as you cut down.

Pitchers use the detailed images to refine pitch grips to optimize movement.

Researchers have now used creative cuts to help shoes get a grip.

The new high, which smashes that 32-year record, comes on the heels of a historically hot May around the globe, and especially in Siberia, which is in the grips of an ongoing heat wave.

The most sensitive experiment will be the first to run into the unexpected, and XENON continues to maintain a solid grip on that prized pole position.

Hillary retains an iron grip on second place for the Democratic presidential nomination.

And why did the Western Powers lose their grip in such a spectacular fashion in the decade following the end of the war?

“They think Putin is the only evil in Russia and dream about getting rid of him,” he said, tightening his grip on the wheel.

How is he dealing with both parts of his life escaping his grip?

Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime.

As men fixed in the grip of nightmare, we were powerless—unable to do anything but wait.

Their glances met, she holding him always at arm's length by that grip upon his shoulders, a grip that was firm and nervous.

But the grip was immovable, and he found himself staring into the unemotional face of Seton Pasha.

Pattison leaned over the door at the front of the car, and brought out a big leather grip.

His attitude was somewhat devil-may-care, his grip on life itself seemed slipping.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.