[ grip-muh n ]
/ ˈgrɪp mən /

noun, plural grip·men.

a worker on a cable car who operates the grip, which, by grasping or releasing the moving cable, starts or stops the car.

Origin of gripman

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; grip + -man Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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