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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.
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    1. a.
      angry and pleased about something at the same time
      ‘Exactly what I expected,’ he said with grim satisfaction.
    2. b.
      very determined to do something
      a grim determination to do God’s will
  4. 4
    informal not very enjoyable, usually because it is of bad quality
    The game was a bit grim.
  5. 5
    informal ill
    I started to feel grim about an hour after lunch.


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