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Definition of grip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    holding tightly
  1. 1[countable, usually singular] grip (on somebody/something) an act of holding someone or 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.
  2. control/power
  3. 2[singular] grip (on somebody/something) control or power over someone or something The home team took a firm grip on the game. We need to tighten the grip we have on the market. The president 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[countable, uncountable] the ability of something to move over a surface without slipping These tires give the bus a better grip in slippery conditions. This type of sole gives a 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. job in the movies
  11. 6[countable] a person who prepares and moves the cameras, and sometimes the lighting equipment, when a movie is being made
  12. bag
  13. 7[countable] (old-fashioned) a large soft bag, used when traveling
  14. Idioms
    come to grips with something
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    to begin to understand and deal with something difficult I'm slowly coming to grips with the language. They have so far failed to come to grips with the ecological problems.
    get a grip (on yourself)
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    to improve your behavior or control your emotions after being afraid, upset, or angry I have to get 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 like I'm losing my grip on reality.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grip

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