1. (UK Und.) any cheating gamester, spec. the member of a team who makes bets with the victim.
|Mirrour for Magestrates of Citties (2nd edn) H2: He (perhaps) in a Greene Thycket getteth a Masked face, a Pystoll, and a Whypcorde, and have Inheritance in the Ile of Snatch: Aduentreth to Cape Gripe: I know not by what conning shiftes.|
|Second Part of Conny-Catching in Grosart (1881–3) X 83: Amongst these are certaine old sokers, which are lookers on, and listen for bets, either euen or odde, and these are called grypes.|
|Belman of London F3: I take six to one saies the Gripe, I lay it cryes the Vincent, and so they make a bet of six crownes, shillings, or pence, as the Vincent is of ability to lay.|
2. (UK Und., also gripe-all, gripe-man-all, gripe-money, griper) a miser.
|Recreation for Ingenious Head-peeces (3rd) Epigram No. 4: Gripe keeps his coin well, and his heaps are great.|
|Facetiae II (1817) 99: Gripe feels no lameness of his knotty gout, His money travell for him in and out.‘On Usuring Gripe’ Epigrams in|
|Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 543: The cups or scales of the balance were a pair of velvet pouches; the one full of bullion [...] I am of the opinion it was the true effigies of Justice Gripe-men-all.(trans.)|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Gripe or Griper, an old Covetous Wretch: also a Banker, Money Scrivener, or Usurer.|
|Penkethman’s Jests 53: Old Gripeall sending his Son to court a Lady of Fortune.|
|Oxford Jrnl 27 Sept. 2/2: Sir Giles Gripe assures him he is no Miser, though he starves himself and lends Money at Twenty per cent.|
|Light of Nature I (1831) 312: As old Gripe said to his son, my boy get money.|
|Female Amazon 6: The report of her beauty had now reached the ears of a certain libidinous old gentleman [...] most famous for oeconomy [...] Fanny lived with that son of Gripus.|
|Song Smith 30: I was called by a miser in wonderful trouble, / His head swam so much that poor Gripe-all saw double.|
|Reynold’s Newspaper 29 July n.p.: Is there on earth no greater enemy [...] than a gripe-money and usurer?|
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
3. (Irish) a hand.
|‘De Kilmainham Minit’ in Luke Caffrey’s Gost 5: When to see Luke’s last gig we agreed, / We tip’d him our Gripes in a Tangle.|
|Forayers 380: I went down under his fist like a great bullock under the axe of a butcher. He’s a most powerful fellow in the gripe.|
see sense 2 above.
a money-lender, a miser.
|[||Works (1872) 8: Many like moles lives by the Earth, as griping Userers, racking Landlords].‘Great Eater of Kent’ in Hindley|
|Democritus III 21: At the End of Gutter-Lane, I saw old Gripewell the Userer.|
|Vocabulum 39: Gripe-fist. A broker, a miser.|
|My Diary in America I 158: You hear of no gripe-fists, no pinch-pennies. [...] They have no time to be miserly.|
|Dly Dispatch (Richmond, VA) 1 Nov. 3/3: A ‘gripe-fist’ is a broker.|
|Sl. and Its Analogues III 218/2: Gripe-fist, subs. (common). – A miser, a grasping broker [...] Also Gripe-penny.|
see sense 2 above.