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hang on like grim death

To clutch something very tightly, usually to avoid falling. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. After the ladder tipped over, I hung on like grim death so that I didn't fall off the roof.
See also: death, grim, hang, like, on

paint a (some kind of) picture of (something)

To give an elaborate or detailed description of something that portrays it in a specific way. 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 of our father.
See also: kind, of, paint, picture

Grim Reaper

Death, as personified by a cloaked man or skeleton carrying a scythe. She's been in three really terrible car accidents but has miraculously avoided the Grim Reaper.
See also: grim, reaper

hang on to (someone or something) like grim death

To clutch someone or something very tightly, usually to avoid falling. After the ladder tipped over, I hung on to the roof like grim death so that I didn't fall.
See also: death, grim, hang, like, on

hold on to (someone or something) like grim death

To clutch someone or something very tightly, usually to avoid falling. After the ladder tipped over, I held on to the roof like grim death so that I didn't fall.
See also: death, grim, hold, like, on

like grim death

With a very tight, intense, and determined grip. After the ladder tipped over, I hung onto the edge of the roof like grim death. Even on the sheerest of cliff faces, there are still small animals and bits of vegetation clung like grim death.
See also: death, grim, like

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

like grim death

mainly BRITISH
If you hold onto something like grim death, you hold onto it very tightly. I clung to the chain like grim death.
See also: death, grim, like

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.
See also: grim, reaper

like (or for) grim death

with intense determination.
1989 Jonathan Gash Jade Woman Here and there a greenish scumble of vegetation hung on for grim death.
See also: death, grim, like

the Grim Reaper

a personification of death in the form of a cloaked skeleton wielding a large scythe.
See also: grim, reaper

hang on/hold on (to somebody/something) like grim ˈdeath

hold somebody/something very tightly, usually because you are afraid or determined not to let go: As the horse galloped off, you could see poor Sarah hanging on like grim death.The robbers tried to steal my bag, but I held on to it like grim death.
The word grim (= very serious or unpleasant) is often used to describe death.
See also: death, grim, hang, hold, like, on

grim reaper, the

Death. This expression is actually a combination of the older grim death, which dates from about 1600, and the artistic depiction of death with a scythe, which began somewhat later. The first appeared in a play by Philip Massinger (1583–1640), The Roman Actor, and also in John Milton’s Paradise Lost (“Before mine eyes in opposition sits Grim Death, my son and foe”). The second appeared in a song from “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” and in Longfellow’s poem, “The Reaper and the Flowers” (“There is a Reaper whose name is Death, and, with his sickle keen”), as well as in earlier but more obscure sources.
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Caption: An F-35C Lightning II carrier variant, assigned to the "Grim Reapers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, performs a touch-and-go on the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) in August 2016 during initial aircraft and pilot qualifications.
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And so Part Two becomes the story of the three grim reapers.
With that backdrop, I am confident we can continue to expand our capabilities and offerings," Grim said in a statement.
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In the absence of Dimitri Payet last week, West Ham turned in one grim victory against Bournemouth and one double-grim Europa exit.
The Grim Sleeper murder cases came under fire for the lack of interest because of the women's race, socioeconomic background and occupation.
This is the first in a series of books which will follow the adventures of Grubb and Alistair Grim and I look forward to the next in the series.
The ONS provided the detailed analysis - the very same source as your grim Tory-bashing headline statistic.
David Grim, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management, told House lawmakers Friday that while the IM division is busy developing a uniform fiduciary rule for advisors and brokers, he couldn't say when such a plan would go before the Commission.
Another star attraction among attendees is the Big Pete and Grim Reaper Monster Truck Show, set in a new, purpose-built events arena.
British documentarian Nick Broomfield's profoundly unsettling new film, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, doesn't unpack the story of Franklin and his victims so much as nimbly convey its patent social and investigative outrages.