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hang on like grim death

To clutch something very tightly, usually to prevent one from 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 we had of our father.
See also: kind, of, paint, picture

Grim Reaper

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

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
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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.