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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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He then travelled to Prestbury Park for the Paddy Power Gold Cup where he was in the process of running an absolute blinder alongside eventual winner Our Vic before coming to grief at the second last.
The 11-year-old, successful in the Christmas showpiece in 1997 and 1999, was upsides winner Arctic Camper when coming to grief at the secondlast in the Tote John Hughes Rehearsal Chase on Saturday.
Andreas Jonsson is fit to take his place in the Bees side, having reported no adverse effects from the hand injury he picked up when coming to grief in heat 14 at Brandon last Saturday.
Cousin Vinny was running all over him when coming to grief at the final flight, having been backed down to 1.03, and I just wonder whether he was a touch flattered against a horse who clearly needs a return to 2m4f.
LUCKY NELLERIE was going as well as anything until coming to grief four out in the Kelso marathon.
He was running a big race when coming to grief five from home in the Skybet Chase at Doncaster,but he made no mistake next time at Leicester and will once again have the assistance in the saddle of the smart Sam Thomas.
X-rays show that her high-class staying hurdler fractured a pedal bone in his left hind leg when coming to grief on his first run over fences on Monday.
Successful at the Showcase fixture in October, Chicago Grey was still in front when coming to grief in the novice event won by Wayward Prince at the Open meeting the following month.
A faller at the last at Market Rasen on his debut when seemingly booked for second place, the three-year-old had the 2m1f juvenile hurdle at Newton Abbot in safe keeping until again coming to grief at the last.
Last time out, Olney Lad was in the process of running a creditable race at Newcastle when coming to grief three out when a close second to the eventual winner King Killone.
Travelling well when coming to grief at the second last behind Chief Dan George in 2010, Robert Thornton's mount was all at sea on desperate ground at Haydock but will find conditions here to his liking.
The Mercy Rimell-owned nine-year-old ran out a decisive tenlength winner of the Racing Post Chase 12 months ago before coming to grief six fences from home when still travelling strongly in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.
But another long journey proved a trip too far for Inglis Drever as the odds-on favourite was struggling before coming to grief at the second-last flight, giving Graham Lee a heavy fall.
He was going really well when coming to grief two fences out and there was every chance he would have taken a hand in the finish had he stayed on his feet.
HORSES coming to grief at the penultimate fence on the Old course at Cheltenham seem an all-too-familiar sight - who can forget Vinnie Keane hammering the turf in disbelief after Latalomne capsized when leading the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2003?