Definition of come or get to grips with in English:

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come (or get) to grips with

1Engage in combat with: British forces never came to grips with the enemy
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  • Only then could the elite of Britain's armed forces really get to grips with the enemy.
  • Irrespective of the nature and scope of our operations, we must prepare to fight Germany by actually coming to grips with and defeating her ground forces and definitely breaking her will to combat.
1.1Begin to deal with or understand: a real tough problem to come to grips with
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  • Meanwhile, at home Australians began coming to grips with their new place in the post-war world.
  • A partially-disabled legal expert has started a new business to help firms get to grips with tough new laws.
  • Last week I spent much of my Easter break trying to get to grips with all the financial paperwork that I've failed to deal with recently.
deal with, cope with, handle, grasp, grasp the nettle of;
tackle, undertake, take on, grapple with, contend with, close with;
face, face up to, meet head on, confront, encounter;
See parent entry: grip
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