lose (someone's or something's) grip

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lose (someone's or something's) grip

1. To no longer have the ability to control someone or something. He must be losing his grip on his followers if they're beginning to rebel against him. I think this cold is finally losing its grip on me, thank goodness. The funeral service was so sad that I just lost my grip and bawled.
2. To lose certain skills or abilities. I must be losing my grip—can you remind me how to use this computer program again?
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lose one's grip

Also lose it.
1. Fail to maintain control or one's ability to function, as in Ted wasn't running things the way he used to, and his boss thought he might be losing his grip , or I thought I was losing it when I couldn't remember the words to that old song. The first term dates from the mid-1800s, the slangy variant from the mid-1900s.
2. Fail to keep one's composure, as in When Billy broke the window, Dad just lost his grip and let him have it, or I just can't deal with this many visitors-I must be losing it. [Slang; first half of 1900s] Also see lose one's temper.
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lose your grip

COMMON If you lose your grip on a situation, you stop being able to understand and control it. The central bank is clearly losing its grip on monetary policy. The opposition feel that the president has lost his grip on the country. He wondered if perhaps he was getting old and losing his grip.
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lose your ˈgrip (on something)

(informal) be unable to control or do something as well as you did before: She’s definitely made some bad decisions recently. I think she’s losing her grip.
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Although during Bush's second term we instead seem destined to lose grip on it further.
I managed to catch him but it is difficult to follow cars around this track as it is quite dusty and we lose grip, but it is good for the championship.
The Safety Car has to be capable of setting a quick pace, which on some circuits can be close to 175mph, so that the engines of the following F1 cars do not overheat or their tyres cool down and lose grip as they take up formation.
Many a times, commuters clinging on the buses' gates lose grip and fell on the road receiving fatal injuries, he added.
If you lose grip at the front wheels, gently reduce the power to give the wheels a chance to steer.
It is also a much easier car to drive now too; less inclined to lose grip at the rear and far more predictable when it does.