Definition of come to grief in English:

come to grief

phrase

  • Have an accident; meet with disaster.

    ‘many a ship has come to grief along this shore’
    • ‘Credit experts warned that dozens of families were already coming to grief in the ‘buy now, pay later’ culture.’
    • ‘Anyone not knowing the river would quickly come to grief.’
    • ‘Many ships have come to grief on the Farne Islands, a few miles off the Northumberland coast.’
    • ‘He helped engineer his re-election, before coming to grief in last year's mid-term elections when the increasingly unpopular Republicans lost their grip on Congress.’
    • ‘Little wonder so many road users have come to grief.’
    • ‘Recent two-term presidents have come to grief in their second spell in the White House.’
    • ‘They came to grief after detectives, posing as punters and using hidden cameras to catch the culprits red-handed, set up nine bogus deals with gang members.’
    • ‘But many sailing ships came to grief in the stormy waters and ended their days in the Falklands.’
    • ‘Instead of climbers, it was the new breed of fellwalkers who were coming to grief on the hills, getting lost, breaking limbs and falling victim to hypothermia and heart attacks.’
    • ‘Some car or truck has already come to grief at the roundabout and the trace of that accident is still clearly visible.’
    fail, meet with failure, meet with disaster, miscarry, go wrong, go awry, fall through, fall flat, be frustrated, break down, collapse, founder, fold, come to nothing, come to naught
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