It also helps explain why so many companies in turnaround situations are gripped by inertia.
The man, gripped by curiosity, drills a hole to discover what the pipe carries.
Or are they gripped by some kind of apocalyptic delusion, some dream of messianism achieved by global destruction?
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]