come\ to\ grief

v. phr.
To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail.

Bill came to grief learning to drive a car.

Nick's hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down.

The fishing boat came to grief off Cape Cod.


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  • come to grief — {v. phr.} To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. * /Bill came to grief learning to drive a car./ * /Nick s hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down./ * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come to grief — {v. phr.} To have a bad accident or disappointment; meet trouble or ruin; end badly; wreck; fail. * /Bill came to grief learning to drive a car./ * /Nick s hopes for a new house came to grief when the house he was building burned down./ * /The… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • come to grief — ► come to grief have an accident; meet with disaster. Main Entry: ↑grief …   English terms dictionary

  • come to grief — 1) to be unsuccessful This is a ground where Rangers have come to grief in the past. 2) to have an accident The collection almost came to grief recently when a water pipe burst …   English dictionary

  • come to grief — verb To have a disastrous outcome. These elves and half elves and wizards, they would come to grief perhaps. (J.R.R. Tolkien) …   Wiktionary

  • come to grief — FAIL, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, founder, come to nothing, come to naught; informal come unstuck, come a cropper, flop, go phut; Brit. informal go pear shaped. → grief …   Useful english dictionary

  • come to grief — have a bad accident or disappointment He has recently come to much grief because of his son s problems with the police …   Idioms and examples

  • come to grief —    If someone or something comes to grief, they either have an accident, are destroyed or end in failure.     Their plans for a golf course came to grief when it was decided to build a motorway …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • come to grief — phrasal to encounter misfortune (as calamity, defeat, or ruin) < his campaign came to grief > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • come to grief — have an accident; meet with disaster. → grief …   English new terms dictionary

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