- the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
- the power of gripping: He has a strong grip.
- a grasp, hold, or control.
- mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on a problem.
- competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs: The boss is old and is losing his grip.
- a special mode of clasping hands: Members of the club use the secret grip.
- something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
- a handle or hilt: That knife has a very unusual grip.
- a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
- Older Use. a small traveling bag.
- 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.
- to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast: We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
- to take hold on; hold the interest of: to grip the mind.
- to attach by a grip or clutch.
- to take firm hold; hold fast.
- to take hold on the mind.
- come to grips with,
- 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 gripSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Words for grippedgrasp, clutch, mesmerize, fascinate, rivet, nab, seize, clinch, snatch, take, clench, snag, clasp, involve, enthrall, compel, engross, hypnotize, spellbind, hold
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Contemporary Examples of gripped
Perhaps the worst fallout from all this is that when we are gripped by fear, we usually make terrible decisions.Ebola, ISIS, the Border: So Much to Fear, So Little Time!
November 2, 2014
No one should be given a lethal prescription of drugs when they are gripped by mental illness or in a temporary depression.On Her Own Terms: Why Brittany Maynard Has Chosen to Die
October 12, 2014
Hollywood is gripped by an obsession so all-consuming that no blockbuster is safe from its brooding influence.The Ghastly ‘Maleficent’ and Why It’s Time For Hollywood to Kill the Dark Reboot
May 31, 2014
Throughout the season premiere, Saul is gripped by indecision—with his wife, with the operation in Caracas.‘Homeland’ Showrunner: ‘We Knew We Had to Plot a New Course’
September 30, 2013
With Congress gripped by gridlock, Obama hinted that, where possible, the executive branch would act on his own.Obama Pivots to Economy in Lengthy Speech
July 24, 2013
Historical Examples of gripped
He gripped the pistols by the barrels, crossed them, and presented the butts to Austin.Viviette
William J. Locke
My heart almost stopped beating, gripped by triumph and horror.The Bacillus of Beauty
It gripped and shook him and made his heart ache with a delicious pain.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
Kingozi's heart bounded, and his knuckles whitened as he gripped his rifle.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He gripped her more firmly, and turned his head slightly toward Phoebe.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmlyhe lost his grip on the slope
- Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshakea feeble grip
- the style or manner of grasping an object, such as a tennis racket
- understanding, control, or mastery of a subject, problem, etc (esp in such phrases as get or have a grip on)
- Also called: handgrip a part by which an object is grasped; handle
- Also called: handgrip a travelling bag or holdall
- See hairgrip
- any device that holds by friction, such as certain types of brake
- a method of clasping or shaking hands used by members of secret societies to greet or identify one another
- a spasm of paina grip in one's stomach
- a worker in a camera crew or a stagehand who shifts sets and props, etc
- a small drainage channel cut above an excavation to conduct surface water away from the excavation
- get to grips or come to grips (often foll by with)
- to deal with (a problem or subject)
- to tackle (an assailant)
- to take hold of firmly or tightly, as by a clutch
- to hold the interest or attention ofto grip an audience
Word Origin for grip
- med a variant spelling of grippe
Word Origin and History for gripped
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.
Idioms and Phrases with gripped
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.