come to grips with (someone or something)

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come to grips with (someone or something)

To begin to or make an effort to understand, accept, and deal with a difficult or problematic person, thing, or situation. I should have the report ready for you by this afternoon, I just need to come to grips with this new software update first. I've tried, but I just can't come to grips with Amy, she's totally out of control!
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come to grips with someone or something

Fig. to begin to deal with someone or something difficult or challenging in a sensible way. We must all come to grips with this tragedy. I cannot come to grips with Ed and his problems.
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come to grips with

Confront squarely, deal decisively with, as in Her stories help the children come to grips with upsetting events. This term, sometimes put as get to grips with, employs grip in the sense of a "tight hold." [Mid-1900s]
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come (or get) to grips with

1 engage in physical combat with. 2 begin to deal with or understand.
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come/get to ˈgrips with somebody/something

begin to understand or to deal properly with a person, problem, subject, etc: The government has yet to get to grips with the problem of crime.I’m trying to come to grips with Polish grammar.

come to grips with

To confront squarely and attempt to deal decisively with: "He had to come to grips with the proposition" (Louis Auchincloss).
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Strange phenomena, crazy things happen every day, and everyone is trying to find some way to understand it and come to grips with it in their life, whether it's something that we think of as mundane or something we think of as extraordinary.
But, he added, `If we can come to grips with it here in Richmond, I think there's hope for the country.
So I'm trying to make sense of that, to come to grips with it - but not to deny it and not to float beyond it and say I transcend this because I'm a woman, I'm a feminist, and I'm against imperialism.