noun, plural gripmen.
a worker on a cable car who operates the grip, which, by grasping or releasing the moving cable, starts or stops the car.

1880–85, Americanism; grip + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The operator, or gripman, uses a lever to grip the cable moving beneath the street.
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