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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.
See also: grim, reaper

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

  (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.
See also: grim, reaper
References in classic literature ?
Ranged against the wall were six or eight stiff, high-backed chairs, and they partook so strongly of the general grimness that one would much rather have sat on the floor than incurred the smallest obligation to any of them.
Say what you like about the grimness of life Up North, but we certainly have better ingredients.
One delegate agreed, adding that any place with the suffix "side" usually conjured up pictures of northern grimness - as in Deeside, Humberside, Clydeside, Tyneside, Wearside and Merseyside.
What does help CSI:NY is its look, a grainy film noir feel conveying the grimness and hustle and bustle of one of the world's greatest cities.
Yet, behind all this grimness, Gauthier (pronounced Go-shay) barely conceals a genuine affection for her native state, while her disarming love songs, delivered in a slightly smoky voice, stand as poetry.
But we could have hoped that ``Sylvia'' might have buoyed its grimness with more variety and imagination.
Let's hope so, because the grimness continues tonight with joke shop proprietor Lance and his under-thecounter arm transplant.
A strong wind and bursts of heavy rain added to the grimness of the game, inwhich Bolton's star signing Youri Djorkaeff made a muted debut.
In a time when air travel now approaches bus travel in levels of grimness and banality, the terminal is a marvellous reminder of a more civilized, leisurely era, when people dressed up to fly and had proper meals from menus.
But there is more humor than grimness in Thwaite's poetry, and at his best he can be self-critically witty, as in the dialogue called "Great Foreign Writer Visits Age-Old Temple, Greeted by Venerable Abbess: 1955.
And the disks don't have to be grim; it's just in the nature of the thriller genre that grimness is what we focus on.
Jimmy McGovern's Bafta-winning series of carefully studied grimness.
Elboware one of those bands who specialise in music that has a uniquely northern grimness about it, while managing to somehow make drinking in working men's clubs, betting on horses and working in a crane sound quite romantic.
Patrick Stewart delivers the kind of commanding performance you would expect from such a fine actor, while RSC newcomer Gale is a sweet and funny Miranda, the perfect antidote to the grimness all around.
Oh, God, yes," he says in that unmistakable voice after lamenting the grimness of that night's news - e coli and hospital ward closures topped off by a vile weather forecast.