Here Captain Lyon, in the griper, was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.
The griper was in the same dangerous predicament, and there appeared every probability that she would be nipped and destroyed.
Here Captain Lyon, in the "griper," was thrown anchorless upon the mercy of a stormy sea, ice crashing around him.
Old English gripan "grasp at, lay hold, attack, take, seek to get hold of," from Proto-Germanic *gripanan (cf. Old Saxon gripan, Old Norse gripa, Dutch grijpen, Gothic greipan, Old High German grifan, German greifen "to seize"), from PIE root *ghreib- "to grip" (cf. Lithuanian griebiu "to seize"). Figurative sense of "complain, grouse" is first attested 1932, probably from earlier meaning "gripping pain in the bowels" (c.1600; cf. bellyache). Related: Griped; griping.
late 14c., from gripe (v.). Figurative sense by 1934.
v. griped, grip·ing, gripes
To have sharp pains in the bowels. n.
gripes Sharp, spasmodic pains in the bowels.
A firm hold; a grasp.
A chronic complainer; malcontent; kvetch (1938+)
[ultimately fr griping of the gut, ''colic, bellyache, stomach cramp'']