Definition of grip in US English:

grip

verb

[with object]
  • 1Take and keep a firm hold of; grasp tightly.

    ‘his knuckles were white as he gripped the steering wheel’
    • ‘He grabbed her wrists and gripped them tightly.’
    • ‘With his hands firmly gripping the high back of the pilot's seat, Howard stared transfixed out the sloping front window.’
    • ‘Joey held the map in one hand and had his violin case gripped firmly in the other.’
    • ‘He sat straight as his hands gripped the steering wheel tightly.’
    • ‘He looked down at the bottle, still gripped tightly in his grasp.’
    • ‘Justin grinned, staring out into space, his hands still gripping tightly onto the handles of the controls.’
    • ‘Ryder's hand gripped the steering wheel tighter as she hit the accelerator hard.’
    • ‘Suddenly, he grips my arm firmly and pulls me to a corner.’
    • ‘Jonathon grips my hand more firmly and we make our way into the building.’
    • ‘He stood for the remainder of the session and, because he was gripping the gun too tightly at first, missed the entire target board several times.’
    • ‘He was also carrying a plastic carrier bag which was gripped in his fist.’
    • ‘Intense drivers, their eyes affixed on the taillights in front of them, sat hunched forward gripping their steering wheels tightly.’
    • ‘He gripped Ryan's hand strongly, tears poured down their mud and blood streaked faces.’
    • ‘I was gripping the steering wheel so hard that my knuckles had turned white.’
    • ‘His fingers suddenly gripped my chin, forcing us to lock gazes.’
    • ‘As I get on my bike, I grip the bars tightly and close my eyes.’
    • ‘Her shoulders were straight and she was gripping her purse rather tightly, looking extremely strained.’
    • ‘My arm was suddenly gripped very hard by the man on my right.’
    • ‘Martina tightly grips the handle of her briefcase.’
    • ‘His biggest problem is that he grips the club too tightly.’
    grasp, clutch, hold, clasp, grasp hold of, lay hold of, take hold of, latch on to, grab, seize, clench, cling to, catch, catch at, get one's hands on, pluck
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    1. 1.1no object Maintain a firm contact, especially by friction.
      ‘a sole that really grips well on wet rock’
      • ‘Secondly, I noticed that the rear tyre rim was gripping slightly and I thought it might be out of alignment.’
      • ‘We think the most likely cause is contamination of the brake disc pads at the noisy corner of the car, which could prevent them from gripping properly and cause a whining sound as they slip.’
      • ‘The Henrys Fork Wading shoes are made for just this sort of job, with a thick synthetic felt sole that grips.’
      • ‘The stability control system also triggers a reflex to dry the brakes when streets are wet, so they grip better.’
      • ‘Combine that with little weight over the wheels, tyres that need to warm up before they grip properly and a wet road and things can get very - er - interesting.’
      • ‘It grips very well, making driving around those twisty B-roads a real pleasure.’
      • ‘Tyres fail to grip when brakes are applied and contact with the road surface is poor.’
  • 2(of a feeling or emotion) deeply affect (someone)

    ‘she was gripped by a feeling of excitement’
    • ‘An air of disbelief and sadness gripped the community.’
    • ‘Briefly, the moonlight was obscured by a cloud and an unreasonable fear gripped me as I realised I could not see the statues.’
    • ‘Once, the political elite was gripped by fear and loathing of the working classes.’
    • ‘As I stood with the mist hiding all the views of the hills around and the sad looking grey water slipping over the golden sands of Morecambe Bay, I felt misery and pity grip me.’
    • ‘The America we see today is that if a nation gripped by fear.’
    • ‘As I see her growing old everyday, a fear grips me, stings my heart and threatens to tear me apart.’
    • ‘A sudden feeling of fear gripped me, as though I was being watched.’
    • ‘He said they were not the actions of a man gripped by panic.’
    • ‘Panic gripped the village and 46 persons including 40 women took shelter in a shrine.’
    • ‘A sense of sorrow and outrage has gripped this multiracial community.’
    • ‘Sometimes fear and anxiety grip the individual late at night.’
    • ‘Most of all, other conglomerates are gripped by anxiety over who will be the next target.’
    • ‘A feeling of sadness and fear gripped Jamie and he closed his eyes as tears fell down his cheeks.’
    • ‘Perhaps you are gripped by anxiety before giving a talk.’
    • ‘Sudden fear gripped her and almost overwhelmed the suffering her body was experiencing, but wonder and joy quickly replaced this.’
    • ‘An unbearable sadness grips my heart that I can't shake.’
    • ‘Here, Ben details the hysteria and fear gripping Hong Kong, a small taste of which spread to Southampton's Chinese community this week.’
    • ‘There is no doubt that despair has gripped the cricket fraternity in the Caribbean but strangely none has come up with a remedy.’
    • ‘I had no problems imagining the fear gripping those on board.’
    • ‘There was no loss of life but panic gripped the area.’
    afflict, affect, take over, beset, rack, torment, convulse
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    1. 2.1 Compel the attention or interest of.
      ‘she gripped us from the first sentence’
      • ‘This is a compelling, human story that has really gripped the attention of a lot of people.’
      • ‘Sporting a writing staff made up of television all-stars, the show is intelligent, gripping and most importantly human all at the same time.’
      • ‘This sort of information no doubt grips the many Van Gogh obsessives.’
      • ‘The result is a film that you admire from a distance rather than one that grips your attention or touches your heart.’
      • ‘It was gripping, thought-provoking, and genuinely entertaining, if you take the word in its broad sense.’
      • ‘The tragedy of the six characters is gripping in its own way.’
      • ‘The movie should be dull, but instead it's fast-paced and gripping.’
      • ‘The more I read about the debate between ‘intelligent design’ and evolution, the more tightly science grips me.’
      • ‘I was gripped from start to dramatic, uncompromising finish.’
      • ‘The animation is breathtaking, the character development robust, and the story-line gripping from start to finish.’
      • ‘It's not a nice film, but it's definitely gripping.’
      • ‘I didn't find the plot particularly gripping, but the level of period detail in the book's descriptive passages was excellent.’
      • ‘But the story of their life - the dilemmas they faced, the courage or weakness they showed - is gripping and unaccountably affecting.’
      • ‘Their exploits gripped the country's attention and were written about in countless articles and books.’
      • ‘The heist scene - when it finally comes - is reasonably gripping, albeit generic, but everything that surrounds it is very dull indeed.’
      • ‘The stories are gripping and in some cases disturbing.’
      • ‘It's a long play - three hours - but quite gripping.’
      • ‘But it is this November's presidential election which will grip global attention as never before.’
      • ‘This has been the most gripping novel I have ever read.’
      • ‘The case has gripped and repulsed the nation in equal measure.’
      engrossing, enthralling, entrancing, absorbing, riveting, captivating, spellbinding, bewitching, fascinating, compulsive, addictive, compelling, mesmerizing, arresting
      engross, enthral, entrance, absorb, rivet, spellbind, hold spellbound, bewitch, fascinate, hold, catch, compel, mesmerize, arrest, ensnare, enrapture
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noun

  • 1in singular A firm hold; a tight grasp or clasp.

    ‘he lost his grip on Johnson's arm’
    figurative ‘the icy grip of winter’
    • ‘Suddenly his wrist was caught in a vice-like grip, tight and painful.’
    • ‘I began to loosen the tight grip my hands had left on the sides of the window.’
    • ‘I ignored him and proceeded down the stairs when I felt a firm grip on my wrist, jerking me back.’
    • ‘She let her grip loosen enough for the boy to scramble out from under her.’
    • ‘Throughout the ordeal Mrs Malgarin kept a tight grip on her handbag and the attacker eventually fled empty-handed towards Mulberry Grove.’
    • ‘Biting back my sobs I reached for the door but was stopped by his strong grip on my wrist.’
    • ‘With a vice grip around her neck, she was unable to breathe.’
    • ‘The girl let her grip loosen and slide away from his arm.’
    • ‘Walk down a city street without keeping a tight grip on your wallet or handbag and somebody will rob you.’
    • ‘Jonathon's vice-like grip tightened, and suddenly there was no pain, just cold numbness.’
    • ‘I maintained my grip until they were only at a meter's distance from us.’
    • ‘Vicki turned to go and suddenly felt a tight grip on her arm.’
    • ‘Still in pain, his hand nevertheless retained its iron grip on my arm.’
    • ‘He cleared his throat, and I noticed his grip tighten on the wheel.’
    • ‘Winter is keeping a firm grip on the South Island as snow isolates Dunedin for the second time in a week and restricts travel around the lower part of the country.’
    • ‘Police have issued a warning to local women to keep a firm grip on their handbags after four separate incidents in Lancaster and Morecambe.’
    • ‘I for one would like to shake their hands, while keeping a firm grip on my wallet, of course!’
    • ‘Tremendous relief washed over Jim as the attacker's grip lessened to nothing.’
    • ‘More and more Ilkley's vice-like grip was loosened.’
    • ‘A plucky woman kept a tight grip on her handbag during a tussle with a would-be robber.’
    grasp, hold, clutch, clasp, clench
    handshake, hand grip, hand clasp
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    1. 1.1 A manner of grasping or holding something.
      ‘I've changed my grip and my backswing’
      • ‘It requires a firm and correct grip and proper arm, shoulder and trunk motion, all with the feet in the right place on the court at the right time.’
      • ‘A weak grip causes the clubface to open during the backswing and remain open in the downswing.’
      • ‘He has found a comfortable grip on his sinker, which consistently gets ground balls.’
      • ‘To get the proper grip for this swing, adjust your right hand on the shaft until you can see all five fingernails.’
      • ‘It is very important that the grip should be as relaxed as possible using only sufficient pressure to hold the bowl firmly, never with tension.’
      • ‘Luckily I controlled the fall, and took a better grip on the rope, bruising my arms and thighs in the process.’
      • ‘Happy that he'd finally figured it out, he tested his grip on the weapon, and swung it experimentally in the air.’
      • ‘Jump up and take an overhand, shoulder-width grip on a pull-up bar.’
      • ‘Once the proper grip is achieved then it becomes essential to develop the right stance.’
      • ‘Wood is experimenting with a split-finger grip on his changeup so he can use the same motion as on his fastball and slow down the pitch.’
      • ‘Nothing is more central to playing properly than changing your grip.’
      • ‘He made himself level the remaining gun at the words, changed his grip on the pearl handle.’
      • ‘The problem was not pain but the peculiar feeling of an unfamiliar grip, especially at the top of the backswing.’
      • ‘Gloves can also magnify a problem in your grip, so a proper fit is paramount.’
      • ‘Hinge the club slightly in the backswing, then allow the grip to serve as a reminder to hold that position past impact.’
      • ‘Preparing your ball and hand to have the proper grip is part of your pre-bowling and pre-shot routine.’
      • ‘First, their hands and fingers are not large enough and long enough to get a proper grip.’
      • ‘If the opponent cannot control you through a grip, he cannot overpower you or apply his technique.’
      • ‘Grasp the handles with a neutral grip and sit back on the bench, chest out high.’
      • ‘It's very important to work with a pro shop professional who will help you develop a grip that allows your hand to relax in the ball.’
      handshake, hand grip, hand clasp
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    2. 1.2 The ability of something, especially a wheel or shoe, to maintain a firm contact with a surface.
      ‘these shoes have got no grip’
      • ‘The wheels rarely scrabble for grip even on the most treacherous surfaces.’
      • ‘However, as the transmission senses loss of traction, so more power is sent to the wheels with the most grip.’
      • ‘Mr Clayton claimed that too little sand was used in the resin compound, so instead of giving extra grip, the surface became smooth and slippery.’
      • ‘The saturated leather and damp timber cause the crews feet to slip, so some opt to remove their shoes for better grip.’
      • ‘Crampons fix onto your shoes to improve grip.’
      • ‘Before the crew could correct the problem, the front cog wheel lost its grip and the engine turned on its side, releasing the coach.’
      • ‘The faster you go, the harder it is to maintain your grip.’
      • ‘On the out lap, I lost front wheel grip and nearly went onto the race track.’
      • ‘Only the main trunk roads had been gritted, meaning anyone using other routes had to contend with icy and slippy surfaces that offered little grip.’
      • ‘The shoes have pretty good grip and are Gortex, so they should be pretty good in wet conditions.’
      • ‘When it rains it's difficult to spot which surface has good grip and which doesn't.’
      • ‘When wheelspin is detected, the power is distributed accordingly to the wheel with most grip.’
      • ‘The front engine-rear drive layout ensures improved grip and better traction under acceleration as the weight of the car transfers to the rear.’
      • ‘When drivers find a way to slow down the rear axle, they can gain more grip in the rear wheels and improve the car's handling.’
      • ‘It also allows for more pattern contact to improve uphill grip without reducing glide.’
      • ‘This is a well-balanced car with good mechanical grip to make the most of the smooth track surface.’
      • ‘Cars run on skinny snow tyres in Sweden, with sharp studs to penetrate the icy surface and find good grip underneath.’
      • ‘Some of my leather shoes had absolutely no grip.’
      • ‘Network Rail has installed new track and removed nearby trees to tackle the autumn problem of leaves on the line which can cause train wheels to lose grip.’
      • ‘Normal running shoes offer little grip in the mud and on the steep hilly sections and we saw loads of folk struggling and slipping.’
      traction, purchase, friction, adhesion, resistance
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  • 2in singular An effective form of control over something.

    ‘our firm grip on inflation’
    • ‘The Conservatives kept a firm grip on all nine local seats as they strengthened their overall position on Bradford Council.’
    • ‘In Wakefield, Labour retained its strong grip on power, keeping 17 of the 20 seats it was defending.’
    • ‘Should anyone be surprised that popular culture holds such a firm grip on teenagers?’
    • ‘He maintained an iron grip on Russia and the east European satellites Russia controlled, until his death in March 1953.’
    • ‘With operations in more than 80 countries and a turnover last year of 15.8 billion, Michelin has a firm grip on its market.’
    • ‘Cocaine culture has taken a firmer grip on society according to new statistics released by the Home Office which show a 16 per cent rise in offences last year.’
    • ‘Unfortunately for taxpayers, the authority has yet to get a proper grip on its finances.’
    • ‘She was in Russia before the Socialists lost their iron grip on people there.’
    • ‘It seems that the Liberals are not only running the country now but have a tight grip on manipulating the media to suit its narrow agenda.’
    • ‘In fact, the minister in his stance on selling off Aer Lingus but keeping a tight grip on the second terminal is living to his own expressed views on these key issues.’
    • ‘The Conservatives easily overturned the Labour group's tentative grip on power and took control with a majority of 17 seats in the town hall.’
    • ‘He was still miserable and alone, and despair maintained its grip upon him.’
    • ‘It is true, of course, that the vice president would say anything and do anything in order to maintain his grip on power.’
    • ‘Can there be a greater temptation for politicians than to have control of an asset that may ensure they keep a grip on power?’
    • ‘They had another fine opportunity to take an early lead shortly afterwards as the home side failed to take a grip on the match.’
    • ‘Beyond that, the thugs are organized in a manner designed to maintain a tight grip on power.’
    • ‘Flynn wants to keep a tight grip on the purse strings.’
    • ‘Thousands of public houses agreed to ban Happy Hour promotions yesterday, but campaigners said more action was needed to get a firm grip on binge drinking.’
    • ‘My nutritionist advised that in order to be in optimum health for conceiving a baby, I must take a grip on my addiction.’
    • ‘It vividly portrayed life as it was decades ago, when Catholicism had a firm grip on our society.’
    control, power, mastery, hold, stranglehold, clutches, domination, dominion, command, influence, possession
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    1. 2.1 An intellectual understanding of something.
      ‘you've got a pretty good grip on what's going on’
      • ‘They have a reasonably good grip on the philosophy of science - far better than my own, anyway.’
      • ‘So it's essential to have a grip, a clear understanding, of what your values and priorities are.’
      • ‘The powerlessness and frustration of the local police, who appear to have no grip at all on who their enemy might be, resonates elsewhere.’
      • ‘This is a tribute to the corporation's grip on the culture and polity of Britain.’
      • ‘In your pathetic grip on socializing and pitiful understanding of how to present yourself, you will always be five steps behind everyone else.’
      • ‘As for me, at least I've finally gotten a grip on exactly why this phenomenon has enjoyed such staying power.’
      understanding of, comprehension of, perception of, awareness of, grasp of, apprehension of, conception of, realization of, knowledge of, cognizance of, ken of, mastery of, command of
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  • 3A part or attachment by which something is held in the hand.

    ‘handlebar grips’
    • ‘In keeping with the gun's modular component design, other types of buttstocks and grips can he attached if desired.’
    • ‘Can conventional putters be modified with longer shafts and appropriate grips, or must we regular guys take out another advance on our allowance and buy a new stick?’
    • ‘Maybe that's why I'm always working with my clubs, still experimenting with new grips and shafts, trying to get the weight just right.’
    • ‘The handle has a slightly flared hilt that both enhances the grip and protects the fingers during use.’
    • ‘The pistol grip is ergonomically shaped, well designed, and quite comfortable.’
    • ‘The grips of swords were made of several materials.’
    • ‘As with the ram's horn grips, these stocks are perfectly fitted and shaped.’
    • ‘I've even had - get this - the bar ends and grips stolen off of my handlebars.’
    • ‘All clubs have smaller grips and lightweight steel shafts.’
    • ‘The vertical alignment of the optics and the molded finger grips fits the shape of the user's hand.’
    • ‘They taught me how to use special cutlery with rubber grips on so that I could hold them more easily, how to dress and wash and how to do wheelchair transfers and even simple things like how to lay on my stomach comfortably.’
    • ‘There are also some rubberised grips on either side.’
    • ‘The little guy managed to sidestep the front of the bike but got winged in the gut by one of the handlebar grips.’
    • ‘One-piece aluminum or steel trowels often have handles covered with soft rubber or plastic grips.’
    • ‘It had wide, angular handle bars; edgy, rubber hand grips; and fat tires with treads!’
    • ‘It also has a unique grip for added control, supreme ventilation, and an elastic wrist wrap.’
    • ‘A dome-shaped metal boss was set in the middle of each shield with a grip running across the underside and attached both to the boss and to the wood.’
    • ‘Their new line of ivory polymer grips are difficult to tell from the real thing.’
    • ‘A dragon carved into the hilts of the blades and the grip of the pistol marked their individuality.’
    • ‘This device was simply a gas grill igniter with finger grips added, sold as a pain-reliever.’
  • 4A traveling bag.

    ‘a grip crammed with new clothes’
    • ‘He has with him a grip containing clothing and papers.’
    • ‘He brought along a grip filled with a suit of extra clothing.’
    • ‘A policeman captured a burglar yesterday afternoon just in time to prevent his escaping with a grip containing part of the $1,000 haul made at a robbery on Saturday.’
    travelling bag, bag, holdall, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, kitbag, gladstone bag, valise, portmanteau
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  • 5An assistant in a theater; a stagehand.

    • ‘U.S. grips may belong to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes.’
    • ‘I am a grip and lighting designer working in the DC area.’
    stagehand, theatrical assistant
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    1. 5.1 A member of a camera crew responsible for moving and setting up equipment.
      • ‘The biggest special effect in that film was accomplished by two grips pushing a 2x4 against a plywood door to make it bow in.’
      • ‘Damian gave up surfing and fine art to study film making in New York City, where he worked as a grip for several years.’
      • ‘Another use for sandbags is for grips to sit on when they are taking another Union mandated break.’
      • ‘He is brushing shoulders with some of Britain's best-loved actors, working as a camera grip with ITV Yorkshire.’
      • ‘All my friends' daddies were stunt men and grips and second unit directors and bit players.’

Phrases

  • come (or get) to grips with

    • 1Engage in combat with.

      ‘they never came to grips with the enemy’
      • ‘Only then could the elite of Britain's armed forces really get to grips with the enemy.’
      • ‘Irrespective of the nature and scope of our operations, we must prepare to fight Germany by actually coming to grips with and defeating her ground forces and definitely breaking her will to combat.’
      1. 1.1Begin to deal with or understand.
        ‘a real tough problem to come to grips with’
        • ‘Last week I spent much of my Easter break trying to get to grips with all the financial paperwork that I've failed to deal with recently.’
        • ‘He reclaimed his life two years ago when he came to grips with his illness and devoted himself to helping others who were also homeless and H.I.V.-positive.’
        • ‘This raises a few practical problems that I really don't think Paul has got to grips with.’
        • ‘Meanwhile, at home Australians began coming to grips with their new place in the post-war world.’
        • ‘Nicola carried out on the spot interviews with many of the stallholders and got to grips with what makes them tick.’
        • ‘Kitty is a huge force in Levin's life, helping him to come to grips with his lifelong struggle with faith and religion.’
        • ‘Make sure you have got to grips with the contents of one lesson before moving on to the next.’
        • ‘There are also papers and exams that force the students to come to grips with the wider issues.’
        • ‘Unfortunately, neither candidate quite comes to grips with the underlying forces driving health costs higher.’
        • ‘A partially-disabled legal expert has started a new business to help firms get to grips with tough new laws.’
        deal with, cope with, handle, grasp, grasp the nettle of
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  • get a grip

    • informal usually in imperativeKeep or recover one's self-control.

      ‘get a grip, guys!’
      • ‘Then I thought, this guy is a heavyweight cultural icon, better get a grip and make an effort to take it seriously.’
      • ‘My advice to Hollywood is to get a grip and move on.’
      • ‘I started smoking again during this period as it was a way of escaping from the noise for five minutes and getting a grip until I went back inside.’
      • ‘And I know that some people are having a far worse time of things at the moment, so I really need to get a grip and put things in perspective.’
      • ‘But he got a grip in time for the post-match photos.’
      • ‘And face it, get a grip, you can never go back home again.’
      • ‘Before you talk about ghost towns, you guys need to get a grip.’
      • ‘I felt like I'd just cheated on a faithful lover of 20 years before I internally slapped myself and got a grip.’
      • ‘I better get a grip before I tread a regrettable step.’
      • ‘In the third year, I got a grip and worked really hard, but then the Easter holiday before my finals, my granddad got sick and I wasn't allowed to see him in hospital.’
      compose oneself, recover one's composure, regain one's composure, control oneself, recover one's self-control, regain one's self-control, pull oneself together, keep one's head, simmer down, cool down, cool off, take it easy
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  • in the grip of

    • Dominated or affected by something undesirable or adverse.

      ‘people caught in the grip of a drug problem’
      • ‘By then, that lovely but vulnerable young woman was in the grip of a depression almost too strong to shake.’
      • ‘As the whole nation is in the grip of a grave crisis of credibility, there is a pressing need to prioritize honesty.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder the country is in the grip of so much appeasement, irrationality and ignorance?’
      • ‘The end of the trial, however, has given us an insight into how parts of urban Britain are in the grip of a crimewave the law barely touches.’
      • ‘The area is in the grip of alcohol, illegal drugs and chronic unemployment.’
      • ‘When she returned New Zealand was in the grip of the Depression of the thirties with high unemployment.’
      • ‘Italy has been in the grip of a cold spell for several days, and shortly after the fire began, snow began falling.’
      • ‘Bolton is in the grip of a mumps outbreak with more cases diagnosed in the first five months of the year than in the whole of 2004.’
      • ‘Hampshire could be in the grip of a drought in just six weeks' time.’
      • ‘The clinic is already under extreme pressure because Manchester is in the grip of a syphilis and gonorrhoea outbreak.’
  • lose one's grip

    • Become unable to understand or control one's situation.

      ‘an elderly person who seems to be losing his grip’
      • ‘‘I think he's lost his grip and the government has lost its way,’ said Mr Howard.’
      • ‘Anyone who believes that the country currently has a more socially polarizing climate now than in 1970 is, well, either lying or lost their grip on reality.’
      • ‘This hasn't stopped columnists wondering aloud if the Prime Minister is losing his grip.’
      • ‘It's a common misconception that Elvis got fat immediately and lost his grip.’
      • ‘She could feel herself losing her grip on the situation.’
      • ‘And if her newest release is any guide, she's not about to lose her grip anytime soon.’
      • ‘Yes, this can be seen in our society, where even politicians lose their grip and fail to control their rage.’
      • ‘‘Drugs are ruining society,’ Mr Taggart said, while maintaining that police were not losing their grip.’
      • ‘Administrators appeared to have lost their grip.’
      • ‘I was feeling really unwell, like everything was starting to spin out of control and I was losing my grip…’
  • get a grip on

    • Take control of.

      ‘the Fed will have to act to get a grip on inflation’
      • ‘If Ridge can boost our sense of security, he can help a lot of people get a grip on their fears - and their rage.’
      • ‘I say to the National Party to please try to get a grip on what is happening in the energy portfolio.’
      • ‘Moreover, it is likely that the gap between what would be possible and what is achieved tends to grow larger as technology advances and as political power expands and gets a grip on more and more aspects of people's lives.’
      • ‘So with all due respect, I think they need to kind of get a grip on the situation.’
      • ‘If you're among the short-timers, it's time to get a grip on what you'll spend in retirement.’
      • ‘On an even bigger level, we simply must get a grip on Federal spending.’
      • ‘And I think it's time that I try to help people get a grip on the problem of childhood obesity.’
      • ‘But we have got a grip on costs and are delivering a well-performing, reliable railway adding value to our economy.’
      • ‘Unless they get a grip on it, it could easily spiral out of control and become the next global pandemic.’
      • ‘But the USA needs to get a grip on what is currently happening along our southern border.’

Origin

Old English grippa (verb), gripe ‘grasp, clutch’ (noun), gripa ‘handful, sheath’; related to gripe.

Pronunciation

grip

/ɡrɪp//ɡrip/