Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

get a grip

get a grip
Meaning(s)
1) keep or recover one's self-control
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    • get a grip on reality/of yourself
  • Analysis
    This idiomatic phrasal verb means to regain your self-control after having lost it. Someone might encourage you to 'get a grip' in order to remind you to look at the situation objectively or to ask you to control your emotions. To 'get a grip' is a shortened version of the expression 'get a grip on reality' meaning not to get carried away and to react to reality instead of imagining the worst senario. This is a colloquial, informal phrase. Similar phrases include 'pull yourself together and 'get a handle on things'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. The man was told to get a grip when he asked for an unreasonable raise.
    2. Get a grip of yourself! said the woman to the crying man.
    3. Do you really think I'm going to help you after what you did? Get a grip!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. You can't keep getting angry and shouting at your co-workers. Get a grip!
    2. If you think the sales projections are that good you need to get a grip. We'd be lucky to do half that well.
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