- 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
Synonyms for grip
Related Words for gripgrasp, restraint, constraint, control, domination, influence, clutch, mesmerize, fascinate, rivet, clamp, hold, hook, cincture, coercion, enclosure, fixing, ligature, gripe, grapple
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Contemporary Examples of grip
And why did the Western Powers lose their grip in such a spectacular fashion in the decade following the end of the war?How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
“They think Putin is the only evil in Russia and dream about getting rid of him,” he said, tightening his grip on the wheel.Think Putin’s Bad? Wait for the Next Guy
November 14, 2014
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
October 27, 2014
In 1993, the military eased its grip and offered a transition to civilian governance.The Nigerian Women Who Fight for Democracy
October 1, 2014
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
August 25, 2014
Historical Examples of grip
And when the wrenching at his forearms ceased he instantly relaxed his grip.Way of the Lawless
Only, I—I sort of lost my grip on the way here, with this man by my side.Within the Law
Whereupon they shook hands with a grip that whitened their knuckles.Her Father's Daughter
Peter slammed its door to, crushing them so that he loosed his grip, with a howl.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
"Now put your hand up an' grip that rope that's hangin' there," commanded Brad.Tiverton Tales
- 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.