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    Default Get A Grip

    Dear friends and Teachers,

    1. You need to avoid this fellow that you can't act right around. How embarrasing for you that you would make a play for your close friend's boyfriend. And you are definitely not thinking straight. You are really going to embarrass yourself or lose your marriage if you don't get a grip.

    - Does "think straight" mean "think clearly"? and "get a grip" means "get an understanding about this problem"?

    Thanks a million!

    NamSteven

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    Quote Originally Posted by namsteven View Post
    Dear friends and Teachers,

    1. You need to avoid this fellow that you can't act right around. How embarrasing for you that you would make a play for your close friend's boyfriend. And you are definitely not thinking straight. You are really going to embarrass yourself or lose your marriage if you don't get a grip.

    - Does "think straight" mean "think clearly"? Yes and "get a grip" means "get an understanding about this problem"? I think a better interpretation is: take control of the situation and do the right thing.

    Thanks a million!

    NamSteven
    I'm not a teacher.

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    Default Re: Get A Grip

    There are different ways that 'grip' is used in this way.

    You can 'get to grips with' a problem and begin to deal with or understand it
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    'get a grip on' : 'take control of', as in "The Government needs to get a grip on inflation."

    but 'get a grip' means 'keep or recover one's self-control', as in your sentence- 'get a grip on yourself and start 'thinking straight' instead of your emotions taking over'.

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    get a grip

    1. (idiomatic) To relax; to calm down; to stop being angry; to come to one's senses or become more rational. He needs to get a grip if he's getting that angry over such a little thing.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/get_a_grip

    get a grip (on yourself):

    to make an effort to control your emotions and behave more calmly.

    "Come on, get a grip, we've got an important meeting in five minutes. I just think he ought to get a grip on himself - he's behaving like a child."


    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/Get+a+Grip

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