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English definition of “grip”

grip

verb [T usually passive] (EMOTION)    /ɡrɪp/ (-pp-)
C2 When an emotion such as fear grips you, you feel it strongly: Then he turned towards me and I was suddenly gripped by fear.Strong feelings
(Definition of grip verb (EMOTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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