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cope with (someone or something)

To endure something, usually something unpleasant or undesirable. We need to increase the budget this year—our teachers have coped with a lack of funds for long enough. I can't cope with all of this uncertainty—I need to hear back from the colleges I applied to!
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cope with someone or something

to endure someone or something; to manage to deal with someone or something. I don't think I can cope with any more trouble. I can't cope with your being late for work anymore.
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In our study, 70% of nursing staff coped with stress well and moderately.
With respect to how the rejected teachers coped with being spurned by peer teachers, we took an individual differences approach, contrasting teachers adopting a coping style that was high on problem-focused coping and low on emotional-focused coping with those teachers who employed a coping style that was low on problem-focused coping and high on emotion-focused coping.
Couples who coped in this way identified benefits to the cancer experience both as building the strength and resilience of the individual and enhancing the closeness of their relationship.
We examined a community sample of 290 women with and without alcoholic parents to determine how they coped with stress.
The participants, all between the ages of 28 and 79 years, were interviewed about the role religious beliefs played in their experiences and the ways in which they made meaning in their lives or coped with their illnesses.
As the severity of hardships increased and as families experienced other changes or stressors, they adapted and coped.