come+to+grief

  • 1 come to grief — {v. phr.} To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. * /Bill came to grief learning to drive a car./ * /Nick s hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down./ * /The… …

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  • 2 come to grief — {v. phr.} To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. * /Bill came to grief learning to drive a car./ * /Nick s hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down./ * /The… …

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  • 3 come to grief — ► come to grief have an accident; meet with disaster. Main Entry: ↑grief …

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  • 4 come to grief — 1) to be unsuccessful This is a ground where Rangers have come to grief in the past. 2) to have an accident The collection almost came to grief recently when a water pipe burst …

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  • 5 come to grief — verb To have a disastrous outcome. These elves and half elves and wizards, they would come to grief perhaps. (J.R.R. Tolkien) …

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  • 6 come to grief — FAIL, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, founder, come to nothing, come to naught; informal come unstuck, come a cropper, flop, go phut; Brit. informal go pear shaped. → grief …

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  • 7 come\ to\ grief — v. phr. To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. Bill came to grief learning to drive a car. Nick s hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down. The fishing boat… …

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  • 8 come to grief — have a bad accident or disappointment He has recently come to much grief because of his son s problems with the police …

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  • 9 come to grief —    If someone or something comes to grief, they either have an accident, are destroyed or end in failure.     Their plans for a golf course came to grief when it was decided to build a motorway …

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  • 10 come to grief — phrasal to encounter misfortune (as calamity, defeat, or ruin) < his campaign came to grief > …

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  • 11 come to grief — have an accident; meet with disaster. → grief …

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  • 12 come to grief — to end badly. His career as a lawyer came to grief after he became involved with gamblers …

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  • 13 come to grief — (Colloq.) 1. Fail, result disastrously. 2. Be ruined, meet with disaster, come to a bad end …

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  • 14 come to grief — meet with disaster; be unsuccessful; fail …

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  • 15 come to grief — idi to suffer misfortune …

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  • 16 come to grief —  Fail badly. Meet with disaster …

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  • 17 To come to grief — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …

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  • 18 To come to grief — Grief Grief (gr[=e]f), n. [OE. grief, gref, OF. grief, gref, F. grief, L. gravis heavy; akin to Gr. bary s, Skr. guru, Goth. ka[ u]rus. Cf. {Barometer}, {Grave}, a., {Grieve}, {Gooroo.}] 1. Pain of mind on account of something in the past; mental …

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  • 19 grief — [gri:f] n [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: gref, from Latin gravis; GRAVE1] 1.) [U] extreme sadness, especially because someone you love has died grief over/at ▪ The grief she felt over Helen s death was almost unbearable. with grief ▪… …

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  • 20 Come — Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …

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