grip - definition and synonyms


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  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 tyres 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.

  3. 3
    [countable] British a small thin piece of folded metal that women use for holding their hair in place
  4. 4
    [countable] the part of an object that has a special rough surface that you can hold firmly in your hands
  5. 5
    [countable] cinema someone whose job is to move cameras around while television programmes or films are being made
  6. 6
    [countable] old-fashioned a small bag that you use when travelling