come to grips with

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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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Tenants can get to grips with improving housing services in their borough.
That was due to my lack of DTM experience and I think we, as a team,took a little time to get to grips with the new A4DTM.
So, as Jamie and Sara get to grips with the issues, the saucy viewers are getting to grips with each other.
Eddie Stobart Jnr, son of the founder of the great transport firm, was at Halfords, Shires Retail Park, in Leamington, to get to grips with one of the first Steady Eddie child's bike to roll off the production line.
Eddie Stobart Jnr, son of the founder of the transport firm, was at Halfords, at Shires Retail Park, Leamington, to get to grips with one of the first Steady Eddie children's bikes to roll off the production line.