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gripped (See grip)


1 the act of grasping; "he released his clasp on my arm"; "he has a strong grip for an old man"; "she kept a firm hold on the railing" [syn: clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold]
2 the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip" [syn: handle, handgrip, hold]
3 a portable rectangular traveling bag for carrying clothes; "he carried his small bag onto the plane with him" [syn: bag, traveling bag, suitcase]
4 the friction between a body and the surface on which it moves (as between an automobile tire and the road) [syn: traction, adhesive friction]
5 worker who moves the camera around while a film or television show is being made
6 a firm controlling influence; "they kept a firm grip on the two top priorities"; "he was in the grip of a powerful emotion"; "a terrible power had her in its grasp" [syn: grasp]
7 a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place; "in England they call a bobby pin a grip" [syn: bobby pin, hairgrip]


1 hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
2 to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes" [syn: grapple]
3 to render motionless, as with a fixed stare or by arousing terror or awe; "The snake charmer fascinates the cobra" [syn: fascinate, transfix, spellbind] [also: gript, gripping, gripped]

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