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adjective grim pronunciation in British English /ɡrɪm/
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  1. 1
    grim news, situations, or events are unpleasant and make you feel upset and worried

    the grim reality of unemployment

    The future looks pretty grim.

  2. 2
    a grim place is ugly and unpleasant

    The house was lonely and rather grim.

  3. 3
    very serious and unfriendly

    His face was set in a grim expression.

    1. a.
      angry and pleased about something at the same time

      ‘Exactly what I expected,’ he said with grim satisfaction.

    2. b.
  4. 5
    informal ill

    I started to feel grim about an hour after lunch.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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