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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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come to grief, to

To fail or to falter; to experience a misfortune. A common locution in the early nineteenth century, it rapidly reached cliché status. “We were nearly coming to grief,” wrote Thackeray (The Newcomes, 1854).
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