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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. After losing her job, Sarah needed to calm down and get a grip on herself in order to drive home safely. You're not going to be able to think clearly until you get a grip on yourself.
4. expression An exclamation urging one to calm down. Spilled soup is not a big deal, get a grip!
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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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