death grip


Definition of death grip

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Being a buy-and-hold investor doesn’t obligate you to use a death grip. Jason Zweig, WSJ, 8 July 2022 Walden’s touchy-feely ideology is enforced with a death grip throughout the curriculum. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 31 May 2022 Managing our emotions together is necessary in any crisis, especially when an invisible virus lurks nearby, seemingly waiting to envelop us in its death grip. Caroline Van Hemert, Outside Online, 20 Apr. 2020 While that may be true in specific circumstances, Trump's death grip on the GOP more broadly doesn't appear to be relaxing much. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 5 Apr. 2022 The Cardinals have won 13 of 14 games to put a death grip on the second wild-card berth in the NL. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2021 And because neither did enough to fall out of favor or put a death grip on the role, Sarkisian will play both against Arkansas. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 Trump, seeking to grow his brand of national populism and keep his death grip on the GOP, has jumped into any number of Senate races set for next fall. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 2 Sep. 2021 Some people believe that boomers and other older generations have a death grip on the world’s wealth and will never hand it over. New York Times, 3 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of death grip

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jul 2022

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“Death grip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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