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  • v. To confront each other decisively.
  • v. To attempt to face or resolve an internal contradiction or difficulty.
  • v. See come to grips with.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. deal with (a problem or a subject)


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  • So eager were the legions to come to grips that the German plan very nearly succeeded; then Marius managed to pull his troops to a halt and took the brunt of the cavalry charge, leaving Sulla to deal with the first onslaught of the Cimbric foot, while Catulus Caesar in the middle battled horse and foot.

    The First Man in Rome

  • Most other species had not yet begun to come to grips with the va­garies of their endocrine systems.

    The False Mirror

  • The Economic Declaration which emerged from Edinburgh - entitled "Promoting Shared Prosperity" - is important because it helps member countries come to grips with the influence of global economic forces and the vital part that trade, investment and development play in harnessing this world-wide economic dynamism for the common good.

    The Edinburgh CHOGM: The Outcomes and Implications for Australia

  • Instead, as we begin to come to grips with the existence of the Moral Law, and our obvious inability to live up to it, we realize that we are in deep trouble, and are potentially eternally separated from the Author of that Law.

    The Language of God

  • We needed a real multilateral negotiation, during which sovereign governments could come to grips with their differences, or not, and not just endorse documents produced by facilitators, however much the EUroids liked that approach.

    Surrender is not an Option

  • I explained, “The Monsignor’s discernment has turned my whole life around, and I haven’t been able to come to grips with it yet.”

    The Grace to Race


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