death grip

noun

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 in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of death grip

1792

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of death grip for English Language Learners

  • : a very tight hold on something



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