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come to grief

To fail or otherwise suffer a problem or setback. The project came to grief after we lost our funding.
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come to grief

Fig. to experience something unpleasant or damaging. In the end, he came to grief because he did not follow instructions.
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come to grief

Meet with disaster or failure. For example, The icy runway caused at least one light plane to come to grief. [Mid-1800s]
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come to grief

To meet with disaster; fail.
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