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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GRASPED

He took two quick steps forward and grasped one of her wrists.

Haley had grasped him by the shoulder, and in his grasp the boy's strength was nothing.

His quick mind had grasped the fact that it was the girl's bedroom he had taken.

Presently he grasped Mrs. Ritter's hand, and pressed it almost painfully.

Her incoherence vanished as she grasped at a practical consideration.

Finally he grasped his kiboko and started in the direction of the disturbance.

Siegmund saw it, and, springing forward, he grasped its hilt.

Peter strode to him and grasped his arm with one hand, while with the other he seized the lamp.

Gawtrey drew back, and Morton, by a sudden impulse, grasped his hand.

And Philip fell on his knees and grasped the train of her gown.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "to reach for, feel around," possibly a metathesis of grapsen, from Old English *græpsan "to touch, feel," from Proto-Germanic *grap-, *grab- (cf. East Frisian grapsen "to grasp," Middle Dutch grapen "to seize, grasp," Old English grapian "to touch, feel, grope"), from PIE root *ghrebh- (see grab). Sense of "seize" first recorded mid-16c. Figurative use from c.1600; of intellectual matters from 1680s. Related: Grasped; grasping. The noun is from 1560s.

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