death grip


: an extremely tight grip caused especially by fear
: 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 This rebalancing also means a headset with roughly the same weight as the Quest 2 can sit securely on your face without the need to tighten the head strap in a death grip around your skull, leading to noticeably less pressure on the area around your eyes and sinuses. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2023 Such talk is music to the ears of Believe’s 52-year-old CEO Denis Ladegaillerie, who co-founded the business in 2005, when technology had the music industry in a death grip that sent global sales of recorded music from a peak of more than $24 billion in 1999 to a bottom of $14 billion in 2014. Ariel Shapiro, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The patented shooting yoke holds your rifle in a, well, death grip to give you repeatable shots and hands-free positioning in any shooting condition. T. Logan Metesh, Field & Stream, 13 Mar. 2023 Infection of the peripheral nerves has reduced the length of the tendons and a concurrent loss of muscle strength has resulted in the tense, death grip seen in the last picture below. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2011 Only the oil industry’s death grip on the G.O.P. and the craven opportunism of West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema hold back the future. Bill McKibben, The New Yorker, 12 Oct. 2021 Control groups were infected with a separate fungus, Beauvaria bassiana, which also kills ants, but does not induce a death grip. Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2019 Instead, the fungus, known as Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, mangles the ant’s jaws, causing the signature death grip that seals their fates. Jennifer Walter, Discover Magazine, 18 July 2019 After locking an enemy in a death grip, these ants bend and compress their abdomens so forcefully that the liquid violently ruptures out of several points on their rear-end. Douglas Main, Discover Magazine, 14 Sep. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of death grip was in 1792

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“Death grip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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