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.
Idioms about grip
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.
- gripless, adjective
- re·grip, verb, re·gripped or re·gript, re·grip·ping.
- un·grip, verb, un·gripped, un·grip·ping.
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How to use grip in a sentence
He is a trans man, a Ugandan, and is in America seeking asylum from the anti-LGBT oppression that grips his country.
The ladies beside me were clutching their iPhones in what appeared to be death grips.Do You Suffer From Smartphone Anxiety? (And if So, What the Hell’s Your Problem?) | Melissa Fares | April 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
First of all, he grips his shirt tight, then it falls open, then the game is up, and he knows he must be a good sport.
And how seemingly irrational it is to people outside of its grips.
In 1995 the doctor returned to Chicago, a city in the grips of urban violence.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence | Sarah Kunst | April 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As the car drew up he lifted two leather grips on to the step, and Mareno, descending, took charge of them.Dope | Sax Rohmer
Despair grips my heart, as I hesitatingly admit to myself the probable truth.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
But when they came to grips with facts, it seemed that Sir Rowland had as little idea of what might be done as had the ladies.Mistress Wilding | Rafael Sabatini
Didn't you carry Mr. Morley's grips up to his room for him that night, room number four hundred and twenty-one?The Winning Clue | James Hay, Jr.
"I know all about it; the blamed thing grips me now and then if I work too hard and cut out a meal," he said.The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for grip (1 of 2)
the act or an instance of grasping and holding firmly: he lost his grip on the slope
Also called: handgrip the strength or pressure of such a grasp, as in a handshake: a 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
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 pain: a 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 of: to grip an audience
- gripper, noun
- grippingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for grip (2 of 2)
med a variant spelling of grippe
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Other Idioms and Phrases with grip
see come to grips with; get a grip on; lose one's grip.
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