Pickton is the perpetrator of one of the most gruesome killing sprees ever to grip North America.
Just as Florence and the Renaissance loosened the grip of the feudal lords and "focused on the worth of a human being," she said.
The religious forces that helped elect Bush have lost their grip on American politics.
No one can predict a revolution nor say with certainty when an authoritarian state loses its footing if not its grip.
She lost her grip and her friend grabbed the purse and was dragged along the ground.
Looking ahead, my heart pained as if in the grip of an iron hand.
Only, I—I sort of lost my grip on the way here, with this man by my side.
Undoubtedly since the revolt of the duodenum her grip of him had sensibly tightened.
Peter slammed its door to, crushing them so that he loosed his grip, with a howl.
In struggling to regain his grip on the plane, he lost the loose end of his leggins.
Old English grippan "to grip, seize, obtain" (class I strong verb; past tense grap, past participle gripen), from West Germanic *gripjan (cf. Old High German gripfen "to rob," Old English gripan "to seize;" see gripe). Related: Gripped; gripping. French gripper "to seize," griffe "claw" are Germanic loan-words.
fusion of Old English gripe "grasp, clutch" and gripa "handful, sheaf" (see grip (v.)). Meaning "stage hand" is from 1888, from their work shifting scenery.
[second sense a shortening of gripsack]