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Gripped with fear

Posted by Smokey Stover on July 28, 2007

In Reply to: Gripped with fear posted by Victoria S Dennis on July 27, 2007

: : I'm looking for the origin of the phrases "gripped with fear" and "shattered dreams".

: I don't think they have a single known origin at all. They are obvious natural metaphors. (VSD)

Except that, in my experience, one is more likely to hear "gripped by fear," or "in the grip of fear," than "gripped with fear."