be in the grip of something

to be in a difficult or unpleasant situation

The country was in the grip of an economic crisis.

The forest is still in the grip of winter.


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  • be in the grip of something — phrase to be in a difficult or unpleasant situation The country was in the grip of an economic crisis. The forest is still in the grip of winter. Thesaurus: to be in, or to get into a difficult situationsynonym Main entry: grip …   Useful english dictionary

  • be in the grip of something — be in the grip of (something) to be experiencing something unpleasant that you have no control over. The country is currently in the grip of the worst recession for twenty years …   New idioms dictionary

  • in the grip of something — in the grip of (something) controlled by something. The country was in the grip of a continuing and deep depression. She sways and stomps and even cries when she s in the grip of her music making …   New idioms dictionary

  • in the grip of something — in the ˈgrip of sth idiom experiencing sth unpleasant that cannot be stopped • a country in the grip of recession Main entry: ↑gripidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • keep a tight grip on something — keep a tight grip/rein/hold/on something phrase to control something in a very strict way The company needs to keep a tight hold on costs this month. Thesaurus: to limit or control something or someonesynonym Main entry …   Useful english dictionary

  • in the grip of — (something) controlled by something. The country was in the grip of a continuing and deep depression. She sways and stomps and even cries when she s in the grip of her music making …   New idioms dictionary

  • be in the grip of — (something) to be experiencing something unpleasant that you have no control over. The country is currently in the grip of the worst recession for twenty years …   New idioms dictionary

  • get a grip on something — get a grip (on (something)) to understand how to deal with something. The program will have helpful tips on how to get a grip on your finances. Something is obviously not right in our organization, and we must get a grip on the problem …   New idioms dictionary

  • have a grip on something — have a grip on (something) to have control over something. Certainly in the first half England didn t seem to have a grip on the game …   New idioms dictionary

  • in the grip of — dominated or affected by something undesirable or adverse people caught in the grip of a drug problem …   Useful english dictionary

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