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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gripe \Gripe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Griped; p. pr. & vb. n. Griping.] [AS. gripan; akin to D. grijpen, G. greifen, OHG. gr?fan, Icel. gripa, Sw. gripe, Dan. gribe, Goth. greipan; cf. Lith. graibyti, Russ. grabite to plunder, Skr. grah, grabh, to seize. Cf. Grip, v. t., Grope.] [1913 Webster] 1. To catch with the hand; to clasp closely with the fingers; to clutch. [1913 Webster] 2. To seize and hold fast; to embrace closely. [1913 Webster] Wouldst thou gripe both gain and pleasure ? --Robynson (More's Utopia). [1913 Webster] 3. To pinch; to distress. Specifically, to cause pinching and spasmodic pain to the bowels of, as by the effects of certain purgative or indigestible substances. [1913 Webster] How inly sorrow gripes his soul. --Shak. [1913 Webster]