- 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
Examples from the Web for gripped
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
- 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.