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grip



Pronunciation: (grip), [key]
n., v., gripped or gript, grip•ping.


n.
1. the act of grasping; a seizing and holding fast; firm grasp.
2. the power of gripping: He has a strong grip.
3. a grasp, hold, or control.
4. mental or intellectual hold: to have a good grip on a problem.
5. competence or firmness in dealing with situations in one's work or personal affairs: The boss is old and is losing his grip.
6. a special mode of clasping hands: Members of the club use the secret grip.
7. something that seizes and holds, as a clutching device on a cable car.
8. a handle or hilt: That knife has a very unusual grip.
9. a sudden, sharp pain; spasm of pain.
10. grippe.
11. Older Use.a small traveling bag.
12.
a. Theat.a stagehand, esp. one who works on the stage floor.
b. Motion Pictures, Television.a general assistant available on a film set for shifting scenery, moving furniture, etc.
13. come to grips with,
a. to encounter; meet; cope with: She had never come to grips with such a situation before.
b. to deal with directly or firmly: We didn't come to grips with the real problem.

v.t.
1. to grasp or seize firmly; hold fast: We gripped the sides of the boat as the waves tossed us about.
2. to take hold on; hold the interest of: to grip the mind.
3. to attach by a grip or clutch.

v.i.
1. to take firm hold; hold fast.
2. to take hold on the mind.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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