Meaning of “be in the grip of sth” in the English Dictionary

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"be in the grip of sth" in British English

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be in the grip of sth

to be experiencing something unpleasant that you have no control over:

The country is currently in the grip of the worst recession in 20 years.

(Definition of “be in the grip of sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)