death grip

noun

Definition of death grip 

1 : an extremely tight grip caused especially by fear

2 : hold sense 3b maintained their death grip on overseas markets

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Examples of death grip in a Sentence

He drove straight through the storm, never loosening his death grip on the steering wheel. the cult leader had such a death grip on his followers that all orders were carried out without the slightest objection

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And since the mere mention of an educational vacation will probably send your darlings screaming from the room with a death grip on their smart phones, what’s a parent to do? Juliet Izon, Good Housekeeping, "Why Your Kids Will Love a Trip to Philly as Much as the Magic Kingdom," 30 July 2018 The kid still had his hands sealed in a death grip on the handles. Jeff Johnson, Outside Online, "Jeff Johnson on the First Time He Saved a Life," 11 July 2018 But, death grip handshakes aside, Trump has so far been gushingly polite in his dealings with Asian leaders. Joseph Hincks / Seoul, Time, "Translating Trump and Kim: Spare a Thought for the Interpreters at the June 12 Summit," 11 June 2018 If this means easing some of that dividend death grip, so be it. Anchorage Daily News, "Break the deadlock, tap the fund," 21 Jan. 2018 Maybe our death grip on our phones, which now occupy five hours of every day, isn’t a personal failing—lack of willpower, rudeness, narcissism. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Internet Addiction," 18 Apr. 2018 Buy Synthetics with Odor-Fighting Treatment Synthetics like polyester are notorious for holding onto funk with a death grip. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "How to Rid Your Gear of Funky Smells," 13 Apr. 2018 But the implacability of the act, and the meticulous deconstruction of the vehicle, reveals not only Bradley’s brute strength and boiling point, but also his director’s death grip on style and tempo. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Brawl in Cell Block 99’ Features a Revelatory Vince Vaughn," 5 Oct. 2017 There is, Kurniawan suggests, a wisp of a line between selfish cruelty and righteous violence, between voyeurism and action, between a passionate embrace and a death grip. Jane Yong Kim, The Atlantic, "Eka Kurniawan's Darkly Comic Tale of Boyhood," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of death grip

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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death grip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death grip

: a very tight hold on something

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