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
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MeteoGroup UK forecaster Michael Dukes said: "For the next two or three days it will be cold, with rain, sleet and snow showers around, then the cold will lose its grip on Friday and Saturday, with temperatures returning to normal for this time in January.
According to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, the Finnish-Swedish telecomms group TeliaSonera AB is about to lose its grip on the Turkish mobile operator Turkcell.
According to the author, after the Renaissance the genre becomes virtually extinct because this transcendent perspective will gradually lose its grip.
If the Communist Party is ever to lose its grip on the people of Vietnam, it will have to be from the Vietnamese people themselves ("The New Rebels," 1/1/01).