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- old-fashioned term for influenza
- ‘Not only is it always welcome as a beverage for entertainment, but it is an invaluable treatment for colds and grippe during the winter months.’
- ‘For the next two days I had the grippe, a Brazilian-style flu that makes one wish for death.’
- ‘The original host had come down with the grippe.’
- ‘Your appreciated hope that I escape the grippe came just too late to save me from a mild attack!’
- ‘At that time there seemed to be a great deal of grippe and a serious epidemic of typhoid fever throughout the state.’
Late 18th century: French, from gripper seize.
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