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Definition of gripe:

  1. A device for grasping or holding anything; a brake to stop a wheel.
  2. A vulture; the griffin.
  3. An assemblage of ropes, dead- eyes, and hocks, fastened to ringbolts in the deck, to secure the boats when hoisted; also, broad bands passed around a boat to secure it at the davits and prevent swinging.
  4. Grasp; seizure; fast hold; clutch.
  5. Oppression; cruel exaction; affiction; pinching distress; as, the gripe of poverty.
  6. Pinching and spasmodic pain in the intestines; - chiefly used in the plural.
  7. That on which the grasp is put; a handle; a grip; as, the gripe of a sword.
  8. The compass or sharpness of a ship's stern under the water, having a tendency to make her keep a good wind.
  9. The piece of timber which terminates the keel at the fore end; the forefoot.
  10. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch.
  11. To clutch, hold, or pinch a thing, esp. money, with a gripe or as with a gripe.
  12. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances.
  13. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely.
  14. To suffer griping pains.
  15. To tend to come up into the wind, as a ship which, when sailing closehauled, requires constant labor at the helm.
  16. To thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, figuratively: To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn.


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