bring someone to grief—cause a person to experience misfortune, injury or ruin:
- He was noted for having a quick temper, which often brought him to grief.
give someone grief—
1. cause smb. pain or sorrow:
- This bite really gave me grief , and yet it is still a mildish bite from one of the less serious adder species.
2. criticize a person angrily:
- Both my wife and my daughter gave me grief about my diet and encouraged me to exercise more.