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    lose grip on oneself

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    This rich man could have agencies on the lookout for men that had lost their grip on themselves; that had through indisposition weakened their will; that through some sorrow or misfortune had become discouraged.

    I know what "get a grip on oneself" means, but never heard "lose a grip on oneself".

    Does it mean something like "be out of one's depth"?

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    Re: lose grip on oneself

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    This rich man could have agencies on the lookout for men that had lost their grip on themselves; that had through indisposition weakened their will; that through some sorrow or misfortune had become discouraged.

    I know what "get a grip on oneself" means, but never heard "lose a grip on oneself".

    Does it mean something like "be out of one's depth"?
    It means the opposite of "get a grip on oneself"

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    Re: lose grip on oneself

    But if you were to paraphrase the phrase "lose a grip on oneself" how would you describe it?

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    Re: lose grip on oneself

    To take leave of one's senses.
    To be[come] a little out of control.

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    Re: lose grip on oneself

    In each case, the metaphorical 'grip' is on one's presence of mind. Often the object is dropped: many WW2 films include the line 'Get a grip man' (where man is not an object but a vocative - not the case [Eng doesn't have it], but a form of address.)

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