Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
1) hold or grip tightly
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grasp the bar/concept/opportunity
To grasp mean to literally hold tightly or 'to grip'. Figuratively it means to comprehend or understand something, you can grasp a concept meaning you understand it, or grasp an opportunity meaning you avail of it. This is a formal expression used more in professional contexts.
Social Examples (Basic)
He was terrified of the rollercoaster, so he grasped the bar and held on tight.
I never really grasped the basics of cooking so I decided to enrol in a class so I could learn.
Professional Examples (Basic)
She quickly developeda good grasp of the conceptsrequired to do the job.
Youhave to grasp every opportunity with both hands, and just go for it!
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