get to grips with something
get to grips with (someone or something)
To begin 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 get to grips with this new software update first. I've tried, but I just can't get to grips with Amy, she's totally out of control!
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get to grips with somethingor
come to grips with something
COMMON If you get to grips with or come to grips with a problem or task, you start to deal with it effectively, usually by making an effort to understand it. The present government has completely failed to get to grips with our economic problems. I must come to grips with this new system.
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come/get to ˈgrips with somebody/somethingbegin 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.
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