Etymology
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handgrip (n.)

also hand-grip, Old English handgripe "a grasp, a seizing with the hand;" see hand (n.) + grip (n.). Meaning "a handle" is from 1887.

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Definitions of handgrip

handgrip (n.)
the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it;
Synonyms: handle / grip / hold
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