You're giving a friend advice on how to act in business situations in the U.S. You discuss the correct way to give a handshake. You say:
You need to have a nice, firm grip.
The word "nice" often pairs with other positive adjectives in phrases like:
- a nice, comfortable pair of sneakers
- a nice, relaxing massage
- a nice, warm bath
- a nice, clean street
Your "grip" is the way that you hold on to something. For example, golfers spend a lot of time trying to improve their "grip".
A "firm" grip is tight, but not too tight. It's just the right amount of pressure.
Other words to describe one's grip include:
- a loose grip
- a relaxed grip
- a strong grip
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