come to grips with
phrasal to meet or deal with firmly, frankly, or straightforwardly <
come to grips with the unemployment problem
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • come to grips with — come (or get) to grips with engage in combat with they never came to grips with the enemy ■ begin to deal with or understand a real tough problem to come to grips with * * * come to grips with see ↑grip, 2 • • • Main Entry: ↑come …   Useful english dictionary

  • come to grips with — (something) to make an effort to understand and deal with a problem or situation. The whole community is struggling to come to grips with these kids deaths. Related vocabulary: come to terms with something …   New idioms dictionary

  • come to grips with — {v. phr.} 1. To get hold of (another wrestler) in close fighting. * /After circling around for a minute, the two wrestlers came to grips with each other./ 2. To struggle seriously with (an idea or problem). * /Mr. Blake s leaching helps students… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come to grips with — {v. phr.} 1. To get hold of (another wrestler) in close fighting. * /After circling around for a minute, the two wrestlers came to grips with each other./ 2. To struggle seriously with (an idea or problem). * /Mr. Blake s leaching helps students… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come\ to\ grips\ with — v. phr. 1. To get hold of (another wrestler) in close fighting. After circling around for a minute, the two wrestlers came to grips with each other. 2. To struggle seriously with (an idea or problem). Mr. Blake s leaching helps students come to… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • come to grips with — informal (smb/smth) struggle (successfully) with an idea or problem She has finally been able to come to grips with her husband s drinking. I have enjoyed all your books, but do you really get to grips with people? I doubt it.(L.P.Hartley) …   Idioms and examples

  • come to grips with — you need to come to grips with the divorce Syn: deal with, cope with, handle, grasp, tackle, undertake, take on, grapple with, face, face up to, confront …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • come to grips with — come/get to grips with (something) to make an effort to understand and deal with a problem or situation. It s further proof of the government s failure to get to grips with two of the most important social issues of our time …   New idioms dictionary

  • come to grips with — ► come (or get) to grips with 1) engage in combat with. 2) begin to deal with or understand. Main Entry: ↑grip …   English terms dictionary

  • come to grips with — verb To confront or deal with directly; to commence a confrontation. Until she comes to grips with her mothers death, she has no hope of putting it behind her …   Wiktionary

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