get to grips with

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get to grips with

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly Britain) To deal (with something) decisively, or to confront (it) head on.
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly Britain) To battle (with something).
    • 2011 November 11, Rory Houston, “Estonia 0-4 Republic of Ireland”, in RTE Sport[1]:
      Estonia were struggling to get to grips with the game while Ireland were showing a composure and guile that demonstrated their experience in play-off ties.
  3. (idiomatic, chiefly Britain) To gain an understanding (of something).


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