- 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
Examples from the Web for grip
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?The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year|Kevin Fallon|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1993, the military eased its grip and offered a transition to civilian governance.
As Davies tells it, monogamy did not have much of a grip on the upper levels of public life.Murdoch on the Rocks: How a Lone Reporter Revealed the Mogul's Tabloid Terror Machine|Clive Irving|August 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he came out on the platform, and sank down on a bench, with his grip at his feet.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
The split portion of the hub is made to grip the shaft by means of a heavy clamp ring and set screw.Illustrated Catalogue of Cotton Machinery|Howard & Bullough American Machine Company, Ltd.
The knife was uplifted as the mate felt the grip of the man upon his collar, but the blow was not struck.Ralph Granger's Fortunes|William Perry Brown
Mayo closed in, got Bradish's right hand in a grip, and doubled the arm behind his adversary's back.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
He had regained his grip upon one of those slender hands and was preparing to swing her up to the top of an incredibly high rock.The Finding of Haldgren|Charles Willard Diffin
- 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.
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.