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cope with (someone or something)

To endure some unpleasant or undesirable person or thing. 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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coping skill

Something that one does in order mitigate psychological or emotional stress. What coping skills do you use to get through tough times? Constant exercise might not be the healthiest coping skill.
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