iron grip

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On either side the seamen whom Sir Nigel had chosen for the purpose had cast their anchors over the side of the galleys, so that the three vessels, locked in an iron grip, lurched heavily forward upon the swell.
Ere the pirate chief could repeat it, however, John's iron grip fell upon his wrist, and he found that for once he was in the hands of a stronger man than himself.
The wine was strong and the gourd capacious, so he also began to sing after a fashion, and soon I had the delight of feeling the iron grip of his goblin legs unclasp, and with one vigorous effort I threw him to the ground, from which he never moved again.
Everything that was interesting in Rebecca, and every evidence of power, capability, or talent afterwards displayed by her, Miranda ascribed to the brick house training, and this gave her a feeling of honest pride, the pride of a master workman who has built success out of the most unpromising material; but never, to the very end, even when the waning of her bodily strength relaxed her iron grip and weakened her power of repression, never once did she show that pride or make a single demonstration of affection.
Still grasping the trembling child in his iron grip he stood facing the lady in waiting, his back against the door.
Now a wrist-bone snapped in his iron grip, now a shoulder was wrenched from its socket as he forced a victim's arm backward and upward.
The lady shook Nicholas by the hand as she addressed him in these terms; he saw it was a large one, but had not expected quite such an iron grip as that with which she honoured him.
The Beermen kept an iron grip to their lead for the remainder of the game, carving out a 102-90 decision over sister team Gin Kings to draw the first blood in their best-of-seven series at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on Friday.
7 SCOTT BROWN Got to grips with the Hibs midfield after 10 minutes and took an iron grip of the engine room for the rest of the afternoon against his former club.
The Kims will stop at nothing to protect their iron grip on the country and the only indication people will have that anything is going on is an increase in the propaganda they see.
Sulaymaniyah / NINA / An MP of the change movement in the parliament of Kurdistan, accused the Kurdistan Democratic Party, headed by President of Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, to impose its hegemony and iron grip on all the joints of the rule in the province.
Kenya's Conseslus Kipruto stormed to victory in the men's 3,000 metre steeplechase final on Wednesday, ensuring the East African nation maintained its iron grip on the event it has won in every Games since 1984.