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Definition of grief noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1grief (over/at something) a feeling of great sadness, especially when someone dies She was overcome with grief when her husband died. They were able to share their common joy and grief.
  2. 2(informal) problems and worry He caused his parents a lot of grief. Talking to her isn't worth the grief—we never agree on anything.
  3. Idioms
      come to grief (informal)
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    1. 1to end in total failure All his schemes for making money seem to come to grief.
    2. 2to be harmed in an accident Several pedestrians came to grief on the icy pavement.
    give somebody grief (about/over something) (informal)
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    to be annoyed with someone and criticize their behavior
    good grief! (informal)
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    used to express surprise or shock Good grief! What a mess!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: grief

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