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grim reaper

Fig. death. I think I have a few years to go yet before the grim reaper pays me a call.
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hang/hold on like grim death

  (British & Australian informal)
to hold something very tightly, usually because you are frightened that you will fall Darren always drives the bike and I sit behind him, hanging on like grim death.
See also: death, grim, hang, like, on

the Grim Reaper

Usage notes: Death is sometimes thought of as an old man with a large curved tool for cutting crops.
When the Grim Reaper comes for you, there's no escaping.
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What is grimmer still is that not too many of us will be that bothered what happens on election day.
Most black-owned firms will have to rely on and get debt going into the future, rather than equity," grimmer asserts.
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The Fred and Rose West-type storyline has, obviously, been grimmer than grim, but old Joe (George Costigan) was no match for the cream of the cops - all of them, this being Scott and Bailey, women.
Jack Grimmer added another armband to his collection against Germany in midweek - now the Fulham youngster has his sights set on skippering Scotland all the way up.
Aberdeen are furious after midfielder Jack Grimmer, 17, joined Fulham for just pounds 200,000, while Dundee United's starlet Scott Allan moved to West Brom earlier this month for pounds 400,000.
Neighbour George Grimmer, 78, said: "It's quite dramatic to see something like this in your street.
The book detailing ACA art projects will be launched in conjunction with the new space in which you can see work by Tod Hanson, Marcus Coates, Alan Smith, Paul Grimmer and more.
NIGEL l GRIMMER, 36, an artist from London: "I think it is a generational thing.
But it was bad news all round for the bigger parties, who both saw their share slide by two per cent as the economic climate becomes ever grimmer.
WITH Labour's prospects looking even grimmer for the next election, Gordon Brown is set to fight back.
People of all ages are invited to make masks from recycled materials, to tie in with the current exhibition Plastic Life by Nigel Grimmer.
SITTING tenant John Grimmer claims he has been threatened with eviction because his toilet is TOO LOUD.
The picture painted about their behavior was a little grimmer than reality.