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grief

noun [C or U] uk   /ɡriːf/ us  
B2 very great sadness, especially at the death of someone: Her grief at her son's death was terrible. Newspapers should not intrude on people's private grief. newspaper pictures of grief-stricken relativescome to grief to suddenly fail in what you are doing, often because you have an accident: The Italian champion was in second position when he came to grief on the third lap.give sb grief informal to criticize someone angrilyget grief informal to be criticized angrily: I got a load of grief off Esther because I was ten minutes late.
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