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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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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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good grief

An expression of surprise or frustration. Oh, good grief—my car won't start again.
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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!
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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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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.
See also: come, grief

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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come to grief

To meet with disaster; fail.
See also: come, grief
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When we go through any significant grief experience, we come out of it as different people.
I have seen people develop a deeper faith in God as a result of their grief experiences.
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.
I suffer in it, since it is one flesh with mine, its grief comes back to me.
While maintaining Christ's bodily pain as distinct from Mary's grief, he described the two as so unified by their experience that Mary actually became one with Jesus on the cross.
Lyra said that Mary's martyrdom was more severe than that of all other martyrs "because the grief of passion begins with a wound to the flesh, felt by the senses and then overflows into the soul.
Saint Lawrence concluded that Mary's grief was as great as her love for Jesus.
She remained upright and firm, her only grief an inward pain from the interior crucifixion of her soul.
Cardinal Bellarmine attributes Mary's silence, and Jesus' as well, to grief.
It is critical to keep this positive view of grief in mind when considering best practices in counseling those who are grieving because it treats counseling as facilitating growth rather than simply mending loss.
Though the term has been adopted widely, its usage is not agreed upon--much like terminology related to grief.
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).