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noun grip pronunciation in American English /ɡrɪp/
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pluralgrips
  1. 1
    [singular] a firm strong hold

    Marguerite took my hand in a surprisingly strong grip.

    tighten your grip:

    Pete tightened his grip on her arm.

    release/loosen your grip:

    She loosened her grip on the steering-wheel.

    1. a.
      [singular/uncountable] if shoes or tires have grip, they hold a surface firmly and so do not slip

      I need some winter boots with a better grip.

  2. 2
    [singular] power and control over someone or something
    grip on:

    The President struggled to regain his grip on power.

    The church no longer has a strong grip on the population.

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