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death grip

noun

Simple Definition of death grip

  • : a very tight hold on something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of death grip

  1. 1 :  an extremely tight grip caused especially by fear

  2. 2 :  hold 3b <maintained their death grip on overseas markets>

Examples of death grip in a sentence

  1. He drove straight through the storm, never loosening his death grip on the steering wheel.

  2. <the cult leader had such a death grip on his followers that all orders were carried out without the slightest objection>



1829

First Known Use of death grip

1829


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