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death grip

noun

: a very tight hold on something

Full Definition of DEATH GRIP

1
:  an extremely tight grip caused especially by fear
2
:  hold 3b <maintained their death grip on overseas markets>

Examples of DEATH GRIP

  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>

First Known Use of DEATH GRIP

1829

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