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?
See also: grip, lose

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.
See also: grip, lose

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.
See also: grip, lose

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.
See also: grip, lose
References in classic literature ?
Once let him lose his grip on it, and there was no chance for him.
As heavy fighting raged around the city of Misrata on Sunday, Rasmussen said he was very optimistic that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi would lose his grip on power.
And the Swiss star, who is set to lose his grip on the world number one spot later this month to Rafael Nadal, insists Olympic gold means as much to him as a Wimbledon title.
Margaglio appeared to lose his grip on Fusar Poli, who then pulled him to the ice with her.
One day the bloke spinning Bonnie Langford round his head is going to lose his grip and she'll end up slap-bang in the middle of The Sound Of Musicals.
It is especially important for a Catholic who has not been very attentive to his religious duties to have help in making the Devil lose his grip.