begrasp

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From be- ‎(around, about, completely) +‎ grasp.

Verb[edit]

begrasp ‎(third-person singular simple present begrasps, present participle begrasping, simple past and past participle begrasped)

  1. (transitive, rare, dialectal) To grasp around or about; grasp firmly, fully, or completely; apprehend.
    • 1827, William Tennant, Papistry storm'd:
      [...] As if his hand begrasp't already An iron-geddok; [...]
    • 1873, The Contemporary Review - Volume 21 - Page 218:
      I am now realmless; Me have so hard the clasps of Hell Firmly begrasped.