To begin to or make an effort to understand, accept, and deal with a difficult or problematic person, thing, or situation. I should have the report ready for you by this afternoon, I just need to come to grips with this new software update first.I've tried, but I just can't come to grips with Amy, she's totally out of control!See also: come, grip
come to grips with someone or something
Fig. to begin to deal with someone or something difficult or challenging in a sensible way. We must all come to grips with this tragedy.I cannot come to grips with Ed and his problems.See also: come, grip
come to grips with
Confront squarely, deal decisively with, as in Her stories help the children come to grips with upsetting events. This term, sometimes put as get to grips with, employs grip in the sense of a "tight hold." [Mid-1900s] See also: come, grip
come (or get) to grips with
1 engage in physical combat with. 2 begin to deal with or understand.See also: come, grip
come/get to ˈgrips with somebody/something
begin to understand or to deal properly with a person, problem, subject, etc: The government has yet to get to grips with the problem of crime. ♢ I’m trying to come to grips with Polish grammar.See also: come, get, grip, somebody, something
come to grips with
To confront squarely and attempt to deal decisively with: "He had to come to grips with the proposition"(Louis Auchincloss).See also: come, gripSee also:
accept the truth, face facts I am finally coming to grips with my divorce. I'm accepting it.
come to grips with|come|grips
v. phr. 1. To get hold of (another wrestler) in close fighting. After circling around for a minute, the two wrestlers came to grips with each other. 2. To struggle seriously with (an idea or problem). Mr. Blake's leaching helps students come to grips with the important ideas in the history lesson.Harry cannot be a leader, because he never quite comes to grips with a problem. Compare: COME TO TERMS2.