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.
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]