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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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get (a lot of) grief (from someone)

To receive strong criticism, disapproval, or judgment (for something). I got a lot of grief from my parents over my decision to pursue a degree in art rather than law or medicine. I'm going to get grief from my boss for that accounting error I made last week. John stills gets a lot of grief for that time his pants fell down in the middle of class.
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give (one) grief

To criticize or tease someone. Once my brother hears that I hit a parked car, he'll give me grief about it for years to come. I'm pretty sure that Kevin likes Katie, so I keep giving him grief about it.
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good grief

An expression of surprise or frustration. Oh, good grief—my car won't start again.
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grief divided is made lighter

proverb The pain of grief is lessened when one shares one's feelings with others. When my best friend died, I leaned on my family for support and found that grief divided really is made lighter.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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Good grief!

Inf. an exclamation of surprise, shock, or amazement. Alice: Good grief! I'm late! Mary: That clock's fast. You're probably okay on time. Bill: There are seven newborn kittens under the sofa! Jane: Good grief!
See also: good
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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good grief

An exclamation expressing surprise, alarm, dismay, or some other, usually negative emotion. For example, Good grief! You're not going to start all over again, or Good grief! He's dropped the cake. The term is a euphemism for "good God." [Early 1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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give someone grief

be a nuisance to someone. informal
1998 Times One of the passengers who'd been giving the cabin crew grief started yelling, ‘We've had a near miss.’
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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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give somebody ˈgrief (about/over something)

(informal) be annoyed with somebody and criticize their behaviour: Stop giving me grief and let me finish this!
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good ˈgrief!

(informal) used for expressing surprise or disbelief: Good grief! You’re not going out dressed like that, are you?
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

come to grief

To meet with disaster; fail.
See also: come, grief, to
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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).
See also: come, to

good grief

An expression of surprise, dismay, alarm or other emotion, usually negative. The term, a euphemism for “good God,” dates from the early 1900s. It appeared frequently in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip, Peanuts, where various characters would use it in addressing the hapless hero, “Good Grief! Charlie Brown!”
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As I have watched hundreds of people go through earthshaking experiences of grief, I have seen that those whose religious faith is mature and healthy come through the experience in a way that makes them better able to help others who face similar tragedies.
Some never really work through their grief and months, even years, later are still fighting battles within themselves.
Westberg, Good Grief, 50th Anniversary Edition (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011), 61.
He stated that "because the body of Christ was taken from the substance of the Virgin, she was therefore closest to him in grief."(45) He quoted from Ubertino of Casale's Arbor vitae to say that the Virgin "is the ark and chest of the bodily sorrows of the good Jesus."(46) Busti also drew on several Franciscan scholars to support this point.
In keeping with this desire to present the deepest pain of Christ as one of heart and soul, some preachers began to speak of Christ's heart being wounded by the sword of grief that would also pierce the heart of his mother, a foretaste perhaps of the soon to be popular cult of the Sacred Heart.
Saint Lawrence concluded that Mary's grief was as great as her love for Jesus.
Transfixed by grief, she still stood obediently at the foot of the cross in "perfect submission" to the divine plan.(68) She did not faint or make an excessive outward show of her grief, as some painters falsely portray.
Cardinal Bellarmine attributes Mary's silence, and Jesus' as well, to grief. He says, "I indeed believe that the tongues of both were as mute because of such great sorrow, and that they were able to speak either not at all or only a little; but nevertheless the natural affection of the son was able to say a great deal to the heart of the Virgin."(71)
That Mary would have cried out in pain, rebuking Jesus's executioners and lamenting with an eloquence born of grief his unjust death.
In summary, the background of best practices is important in selecting counseling approaches for a grieving client, keeping in mind that there is controversy over whether grief counseling is appropriate for everyone, only for persons seeking treatment, or only for persons experiencing complicated grief.
Although grief is a universal phenomenon, it has not been adequately conceptualized.
Texas Revised Inventory of Grief (TRIG; Faschingbauer, Zisook, & DeVaul, 1987).
Internal consistency ranged from .77 to .87 for the Current Grief subscale and .86 to .89 for Past Disruption.
The Current Grief subscale contains three items related to crying (e.g., "I still cry when I think of the person who died").
Validity studies further reduced coverage to 17 items in three subscales: Images and Thoughts (e.g., "Do images of the lost person make you feel distressed?"); Acute Separation (e.g., "Do you find yourself missing the lost person?"); and Grief (e.g., "Do reminders of the lost person, such as photos, situations, music, places, etc., cause you to feel a longing for him or her?").