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get (a lot of) grief (from someone)

To receive strong criticism, disapproval, or judgment (for something). I got a lot of grief from my parents over my decision to pursue a degree in art rather than law or medicine. I'm going to get grief from my boss for that accounting error I made last week. John stills gets a lot of grief for that time his pants fell down in the middle of class.
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give (one) grief

To criticize or tease someone. Once my brother hears that I hit a parked car, he'll give me grief about it for years to come. I'm pretty sure that Kevin likes Katie, so I keep giving him grief about it.
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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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good grief

An expression of surprise or frustration. Oh, good grief—my car won't start again.
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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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Good grief!

Inf. an exclamation of surprise, shock, or amazement. Alice: Good grief! I'm late! Mary: That clock's fast. You're probably okay on time. Bill: There are seven newborn kittens under the sofa! Jane: Good grief!
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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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good grief

An exclamation expressing surprise, alarm, dismay, or some other, usually negative emotion. For example, Good grief! You're not going to start all over again, or Good grief! He's dropped the cake. The term is a euphemism for "good God." [Early 1900s]
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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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give someone grief

be a nuisance to someone. informal
1998 Times One of the passengers who'd been giving the cabin crew grief started yelling, ‘We've had a near miss.’
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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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give somebody ˈgrief (about/over something)

(informal) be annoyed with somebody and criticize their behaviour: Stop giving me grief and let me finish this!
See also: give, grief, somebody

good ˈgrief!

(informal) used for expressing surprise or disbelief: Good grief! You’re not going out dressed like that, are you?
See also: good

come to grief

To meet with disaster; fail.
See also: come, grief
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Here they found Mary out in the crowded streets, following the throng to Calvary, fainting with grief but also crying out at the injustice of Jesus' death and calling for those around to weep with her or offer him water.
94) Saint Francois de Sales's description of the Virgin's death, pining away with grief because she was separated from her son who was now in heaven, is an obvious example.
There is no outward display through words or dramatic actions of her grief.
The most fervent dedication to Mary's sorrow came in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, when numerous hymns were composed about her grief, and religious orders and confraternities began to dedicate themselves to the contemplation of her seven sorrows.
Saint Peter Canisius does speak about Mary's grief in sermons devoted to Christ's circumcision and the Presentation in the temple; however, there is only one significant mention of the Virgin in the two Passion meditations; Canisius, 2:1:97, 104, 269.
However, although this scale is presented as useful for general grief, the final set of instructions pertains to the death of a child for parents rather than as a general grief measure.
In assessing grief it is important to remember that no single measure captures all its manifestations.
Schoulte and Altmaier (2008) analyzed grief measures to identify a consensus of domains that encompass the experience of grief.
One approach to grief assessment is for the counselor to assess each domain, either through clinical interviewing, published measures, or client self-reports.
can help a client explore what may be hidden influences on the grief experience.
Two researchers who conducted meta-analyses have argued that clients who received grief counseling may end up worse off than they began: Fortner (1999) cited a rate of 37% of clients deteriorating after treatment; Niemeyer (2000) found a similar rate, 38%.
A second criticism is that the outcomes of grief counseling, expressed as an effect size, are not large enough to warrant confidence in such treatment.
There is preliminary evidence that persons with complicated grief may achieve better outcomes than clients with normal grieving responses.
Overall, the best conclusion regarding the efficacy and effectiveness research on grief counseling is that the matter is still unresolved.
One way for counselors to begin thinking of grief counseling strategies is to utilize the perspective described above on the domains of influence on client outcome.