A scene that gripped the entire audience.
Let’s grip (get a coffee, hang, take a break, see a movie, etc.)
To lose one's grip on a slippery handle.
To have a good grip on a matter.
In the grip of disease, to get a grip on oneself.
That suitcase is heavy, so grip the handle firmly.
The glue will begin to grip within five minutes.
After a few slips, the tires gripped the pavement.
He grips me.
It's good to have a firm grip when shaking hands.
The ball will move differently depending on the grip used when throwing it.
The grip of a sword.
There are several good grips on the northern face of this rock.
That is a grip of cheese.
I need to get a grip of nails for my project.
In the grip of a blackmailer.
An example of to grip is holding onto the handle bars of a bike.
An example of to grip is to have a solid idea of right and wrong.
- To engage in hand-to-hand fighting.
- To struggle or try to cope (with).
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of grip
- Middle English from Old English gripe grasp gripa handful
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English grip, grippe, gryppe (“a ditch, drain”), from Old English grēp (“a furrow, burrow”) and Old English grēpe (“a furrow, ditch, drain”), from Proto-Germanic *grōpiz (“a furrow, groove”). Cognate with Middle Dutch grippe, gruppe (“ditch, drain”), greppe, German Low German Gruppe (“ditch, drain”). Related also to Old English grōp (“a ditch, drain”). More at groop.
- An amalgam of Old English gripe (“grasp, hold”) (cognate with German Griff) and Old English gripa (“handful”) (cognate with Swedish grepp).
- Latin grypus, gryphus.