At one point he grimly says: "I need this job like I need a hole in the head."
Ross Douthat has a grimly ironic take on sequestration: Yes it's dumb, but so are we.
Cato's death was a gruesome self-disembowlment, horribly painful and grimly determined.
Savage Coast uses this technique to great effect, especially as the novel builds to its determined, grimly triumphant dénouement.
This left her boss, the commander in chief, to hand his nine-iron to the caddy and grimly ask for broom and dustpan.
Aaron grimly chuckled, and loved the Colonel with real tenderness.
The Bines what-not in the sitting-room was grimly orthodox in its equipment.
"That's just what I intend doing, now that we have the game uncovered," said Nick, grimly.
"You will find out what I am going to do," said Ben, grimly.
He held on grimly, crushing the life out of the slender writhing form until it ceased to quiver and throb, and hung limp.
Old English grimm "fierce, cruel, savage, dire, painful," from Proto-Germanic *grimmaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German, German grimm, Old Norse grimmr, Swedish grym "fierce, furious"), from PIE *ghrem- "angry," perhaps imitative of the sound of rumbling thunder (cf. Greek khremizein "to neigh," Old Church Slavonic vuzgrimeti "to thunder," Russian gremet' "thunder").
A weaker word now than once it was; sense of "dreary, gloomy" first recorded late 12c. It also had a verb form in Old English, grimman (class III strong verb; past tense gramm, p.p. grummen). Old English also had a noun, grima "goblin, specter," perhaps also a proper name or attribute-name of a god, hence its appearance as an element in place names.
Grim reaper as a figurative way to say "death" is attested by 1847 (the association of grim and death goes back at least to 17c.). A Middle English expression for "have recourse to harsh measures" was to wend the grim tooth (early 13c.).
"spectre, bogey, haunting spirit," 1620s, from grim (adj.).