come to grips with | get to grips with

Meaning: If you come to grips with something, or get to grips with something, you deal with the problems or challenges it poses.

For example:

  • The government is having trouble coming to grips with the problem of rising oil prices.

  • If Henry wants to be a successful executive, he'll have to get to grips with his fear of public speaking.

Note: "Get to grips with" is more common in British English. "Come to grips with" is more common in American English.

Quick Quiz:

The company's production manager hasn't come to grips with major issues relating to production, so he might

a. get a pay rise

b. get a promotion

c. lose his job

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Contributor: Matt Errey