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1‘she gripped the edge of the table’
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
release, hold lightly
2‘Harry was gripped by a sneezing fit’
afflict, affect, take over, beset, rack, torment, convulse
3‘we were gripped by the drama’
engross, enthral, entrance, absorb, rivet, spellbind, hold spellbound, bewitch, fascinate, hold, catch, compel, mesmerize, arrest, ensnare, enrapture
interest, intrigue, engage, distract, divert, entertain, amuse
1‘she never released her grip on the handrail’
grasp, hold, clutch, clasp, clench
2‘the car's back wheels lost all grip on the slick surface’
traction, purchase, friction, adhesion, resistance
3‘he was in the grip of an obsession he was powerless to resist’
control, power, mastery, hold, stranglehold, clutches, domination, dominion, command, influence, possession
rule, tyranny, evil embrace
4‘he took Moran's hand in a firm grip’
handshake, hand grip, hand clasp
5‘he was having difficulty getting a grip on what she was saying’
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
insight into, familiarity with
6‘she watched him pack his grip’
travelling bag, bag, holdall, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, kitbag, Gladstone bag, valise, portmanteau
7‘he was offered a job as a grip at the studio’
stagehand, theatrical assistant
‘it's time the council got to grips with this problem’
deal with, cope with, handle, grasp, grasp the nettle of
tackle, undertake, take on, grapple with, contend with, close with
face, face up to, meet head on, confront, encounter
take the bit between one's teeth
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