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to hold, grasp; seize
Kanji 999

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Synopsis

This kanji plays a role in terms ranging from handshakes to bribes, from grasping the gist to seizing power. Above all, 握 has deep connections to sushi. See how sushi relates to gripping—and what sweaty hands have to do with suspense. Learn to say “just a handful,” “I was behind the wheel,” “He took over as leader of the party,” and “He crumpled the sheet of paper into a ball.”

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 999 on 握, titled "A Gripping Story"
Mini Profile
JOYO ON-YOMI
アク
JOYO KUN-YOMI
にぎ-る
STROKES12
RADICAL扌 (64: hand)
JLPTN1
HALPERN427/535
HENSHALL999/1011
SPAHN3c9.17