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gripman

[grip-muh n] /ˈgrɪp mən/
noun, plural gripmen.
1.
a worker on a cable car who operates the grip, which, by grasping or releasing the moving cable, starts or stops the car.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; grip + -man
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  • The operator, or gripman, uses a lever to grip the cable moving beneath the street.

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