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Related to grimness: Reemerge, take advantage, misattributed
hang on like grim death
To clutch something very tightly, usually to prevent one from falling. After the ladder tipped over, I hung on like grim death so that I didn't fall off the roof.
paint a (some kind of) picture of (something)
To give an elaborate or detailed description of something that portrays it in a specific way. Primarily heard in UK. The board meeting painted a pretty grim picture of the company's future. Jonathan always paints an idyllic picture of our childhood, glossing over the bad memories we had of our father.
Fig. death. I think I have a few years to go yet before the grim reaper pays me a call.
like grim deathmainly BRITISH
If you hold onto something like grim death, you hold onto it very tightly. I clung to the chain like grim death.
the Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper is an imaginary character who represents death. He looks like a skeleton, wears a long, black cloak with a hood, and carries a scythe (= tool for cutting grass). By giving away assets while still alive, inheritance tax can be avoided entirely by the time the Grim Reaper calls. They were sitting around, waiting for the Grim Reaper.