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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Even to me, a fan of Brutalism, Breuer’s Whitney could feel like a death grip., "Concrete brings clarity to New York City’s opulent Frick Collection," 1 Apr. 2021 Not the Arctic death grip choking the country the past week or so, but the temperature of the wine in our glass. Washington Post, "The ideal temperature for your wine is probably not what you think," 19 Feb. 2021 What got me was how thoroughly Trump's arguments involved conspiracy theories hatched or spread by QAnon, the online cultlike thing that seems to be gaining a death grip on the American right. Star Tribune, "With one presidential phone call, QAnon shows its power," 6 Jan. 2021 After a gutwrenching, life-and-death struggle, the tiger appears to grow too tired to maintain its death grip on the bear, which is pinned down and howling in distress. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, "Battle of the beasts: Tiger pounces world's deadliest bear in tooth-and-claw fight for life," 26 Nov. 2020 Even now that Trump has lost the election, the death grip will perhaps be slow to loosen because of his undeniable popularity with Republican voters. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How Far Could Republicans Take Trump’s Claims of Election Fraud?," 10 Nov. 2020 The lawsuit focuses on Google’s apparent death grip over search traffic and its use of that dominant position to exercise control over online advertising. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: An antitrust case against Google is a good thing; but Trump’s involvement may not be," 20 Oct. 2020 Since only the votes of white citizens counted, our tiny nation was ruled by a racial minority with a death grip on power. Alexandra Fuller, Travel + Leisure, "The Unexpected Lessons One Writer Learned From Returning To Her African Homeland," 21 Aug. 2020 The novel coronavirus’s death grip on the global economy doesn’t bode well for most businesses, advertising included. Paris Martineau, Wired, "Ad Dollars Keep Flowing Into Google and Facebook—for Now," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of death grip

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of death grip was in 1792

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6 Apr 2021

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“Death grip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of death grip

: a very tight hold on something

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