get a grip


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get a grip

1. verb To get a good physical hold on something. In order to remove the bolt, I needed to get a grip on the wrench.
2. verb To have a newfound understanding of a topic or concept. The teacher spent extra time going over the material in class because she wanted her students to get a grip on the subject matter before they took the exam.
3. verb To control one's reactions or emotions. Often used as an imperative urging someone to calm down. After losing her job, Sarah needed to calm down and get a grip on herself in order to drive home safely. Spilled soup is not a big deal, get a grip! You're not going to be able to think clearly until you get a grip on yourself.
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get a grip

keep or recover your self-control.
2000 Jo-Ann Goodwin Danny Boy I took a deep breath, trying desperately to get a grip, to hold myself together.
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