death grip

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death grip (plural death grips)

  1. An extremely tight grip.
    The walker held with a death grip to his stick lest he drop it down the hill.
    1. The grip of something dead or dying.
      I gently tore the bloodied piece of paper out from her death grip.
    2. A grip that kills.
      The wolf held the chicken in a death grip until it stopped moving.
  2. A perilous situation or stalemate where failure or death is imminent.
    The armies came together in a death grip at the bottom of the valley

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