Definition of grip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡrɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡrɪp//
    Tennis, Film people
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    holding tightly
  1. 1[countable, usually singular] grip (on somebody/something) an act of holding somebody/something tightly; a particular way of doing this synonym grasp Keep a tight grip on the rope. to loosen/release/relax your grip She tried to get a grip on the icy rock. The climber slipped and lost her grip. She struggled from his grip. Try adjusting your grip on the racket. See related entries: Tennis
  2. control/power
  3. 2[singular] grip (on somebody/something) control or power over somebody/something The home team took a firm grip on the game. We need to tighten the grip we have on the market. The Prime Minister needs to keep a tight grip on his party.
  4. understanding
  5. 3[singular] grip (on something) an understanding of something synonym grasp I couldn't get a grip on what was going on. You need to keep a good grip on reality in this job.
  6. moving without slipping
  7. 4[uncountable] the ability of something to move over a surface without slipping These tyres give the bus better grip in slippery conditions. This type of sole gives good grip on snow and ice.
  8. part of object
  9. 5[countable] a part of something that has a special surface so that it can be held without the hands slipping the grip on a golf club
  10. for hair
  11. 6[countable] (British English) = hairgrip
  12. job in the movies
  13. 7 [countable] a person who prepares and moves the cameras, and sometimes the lighting equipment, when a film/movie is being made See related entries: Film people
  14. bag
  15. 8 [countable] (old-fashioned) a large soft bag, used when travelling
  16. Word OriginOld English grippa (verb), gripe ‘grasp, clutch’ (noun), gripa ‘handful, sheath’; related to gripe.Extra examples He finally broke her grip and escaped. He still had a firm grip on my arm. Her upper arms were seized in an iron grip. His grip slackened and she tore herself away. Hold the microphone in a firm grip. Keep a secure grip on the rope at all times. Robert tightened his grip on her shoulder. She felt his grip tighten painfully on her wrist. She has a tenuous grip on reality. She relaxed her grip on the door frame. She slipped and lost her grip of the rope. She was powerless in his iron grip. Sometimes I feel I’m losing my grip Taking a tight grip on the hook, he began to pull it closer. The Church does not have a strong grip on the population. The government does not seem to have a very firm grip on the economy. They managed to strengthen their grip on the southern part of the country. We need to keep a tight grip on costs. Winter still held them in its iron grip.Idioms
    come/get to grips with something
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    to begin to understand and deal with something difficult I'm slowly getting to grips with the language. They have so far failed to come to grips with the ecological problems.
    get/take a grip (on yourself)
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    to improve your behaviour or control your emotions after being afraid, upset or angry I have to take a grip on myself, he told himself firmly. (informal) Get a grip! (= make an effort to control your emotions)
    in the grip of something
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    experiencing something unpleasant that cannot be stopped a country in the grip of recession
    lose your grip (on something)
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    to become unable to understand or control a situation Sometimes I feel I'm losing my grip.
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