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come to grief

Definition of come to grief

  1. :  to experience failure, disaster, etc. <The boat came to grief on the rocks.> <Their plans for opening a restaurant came to grief when they failed to get a loan.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to move toward something :  approach

    :  to move or journey to a vicinity with a specified purpose

    :  to reach a particular station in a series

  1. :  grievance

    :  deep and poignant distress caused by or as if by bereavement

    :  a cause of such suffering

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