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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.
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the Grim Reaper

  (literary)
death
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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As farmers we expect bad times along with the good times but this is the grimmest time ever.
Coun Osborn wants to go further by exploiting the scene of public hangings in Digbeth, as well as Chamberlain's grave, to offer tourists a day's bus trip around the grimmest memories the city has to offer.
It is currently losing about pounds 3 million a day, far worse than in even the grimmest days of British Leyland.
When play was halted late yesterday afternoon, Lane and Sherborne led in the clubhouse on the three under par mark of 135, both having slogged through 36 holes of the grimmest golf imaginable.
Brave, true and quite an effort to sit through, ``Nil by Mouth'' may be the grimmest slice of lower-class British life filmed in this decade.
PRISONERS in Scotland's grimmest jail are up in arms - because their cells are too cold.
Has he got the chat to cajole a band of struggling players into surviving the grimmest relegation battle in living memory?
I bet psychologist Cliff Arnall, who came up with the formula to prove it's the grimmest day of the year, wakes up every January 24 with a grin on his face.
How sad it has been that the country's best railway service should be paired with the capital's grimmest station.
When play was halted last night Lane and Sherborne led in the clubhouse on the three under par mark of 135, both having slogged through 36 holes of the grimmest golf imaginable.
Dalton, who was the grimmest of movie James Bonds, strikes a nice comic stance, too, awkward yet not buffoonish as Pochenko's tender tendencies emerge.
The 27-year-old's trademark smile, which she has bravely flashed through even the grimmest of periods, was gone.
Because even if this is the grimmest Christmas in living memory, it isn't the end of the world.
Last autumn the Denbighshire town was one of four chosen by entrepreneur magazine EN as the grimmest in the North West.
Snap four would be the expression on the customers' faces when we happened to walk into the grimmest pub in central London while wearing Maesteg-glam outfits.