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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

have an accident; meet with disaster.
2000 R. W. Holden Taunton Cider & Langdons The historian…will see no trace of the battlefield where Charles's grandson, the Duke of Monmouth, came to grief.
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come to ˈgrief

(informal) be destroyed or ruined; have an accident and hurt yourself: His plans came to grief due to poor organization and insufficient financing.A lot of ships have come to grief along this coast.
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come to grief

To meet with disaster; fail.
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Alejandro Valverde will surely wilt on at least one of the showpiece stages, Levi Leipheimer and Andreas Kloden will only get a chance to go for it if comrade Contador comes to grief, and up-and-comers Robert Gesink and Igor Anton will do well to shine in what is an aboveaverage field.
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WINNER: Van de Velde shows off his trophy yesterday' LOSER: Van de Velde comes to grief in the water at Carnoustie
The trio are in a line at the second-last, where Border Incident comes to grief, and in a tremendous battle Tommy Carmody gets Silver Buck home by a length and a half from Night Nurse, ridden by Jonjo O'Neill.
Tragedy strikes again though when Duke Nicholson's odds-on fav Baydon Star (A Maguire) comes to grief at the 13th.
There is further drama when Great Span loses his jockey with a slipping saddle two out and US-owned Billy Barton comes to grief at the last when upsides before being remounted for second.