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Difference between Get a grip on something and Get to grips with something

get a grip on somethingtake control of smth. so that one can deal with it successfully:

  • So far the country has failed to get a grip on its inflation rate.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase get a grasp of something—obtain a clear understanding of smth.:

  • Not only do you get a grasp of the behind-the-scenes at a San Francisco radio station, you get an entertaining read…

get to grips with something —(also: come to grips with something) struggle with a difficult problem, task, etc.:

  • Governments should get to grips with the challenges posed by globalization.