from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. See under Grief.
- n. to meet with calamity, accident, defeat, ruin, etc., causing grief; to turn out badly.
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Greenfield got so far as to raise his pistol, but the crowd had already closed over them, and the gun went off pointing at the upper window of the telephone exchange, causing a number of trunk calls to come to grief as their connexions were yanked free by startled operators.