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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

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

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

(slightly formal)
to end badly His career as a lawyer came to grief after he became involved with gamblers.
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good grief

I am very surprised "I have four computers at home" "Good grief. What do you do with them all?"
Usage notes: often used humorously, when someone pretends that a situation is more serious than it really is: Good grief, look at all this food! Are you feeding an army?
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come to grief

to suddenly fail in what you are doing, often because you have an accident The Italian champion was in second position when he came to grief on the third lap.
See also: come, grief

give somebody grief

to criticize someone angrily Don't give me any grief - I've done all I can! (informal)
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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

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.