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To try to deal with a problem or difficulty - thesaurus

Synonyms

man up

to start being brave and dealing with a difficult situation

kick something into the long grass

to react to a difficult problem by doing something to make sure that people will forget about it rather than trying to solve it

deal with

to take action to do something, especially to solve a problem

tackle

verb

to make an organized and determined attempt to deal with a problem, often a social problem such as crime or unemployment

combat

verb

to do something in order to try to stop something bad from happening or a bad situation from becoming worse

battle

verb

to try very hard to deal with a difficult situation

handle

verb

to take action in order to deal with a difficult situation

face

verb

to accept that a bad situation exists and try to deal with it

address

verb

to try to deal with a problem or question, for example by thinking carefully about it, or by doing things to improve a situation

make the best of something

to try to get a good result despite a bad situation

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act

verb

to do something immediately, especially in order to deal with an urgent problem

approach

verb

to deal with a situation or problem in a particular way

a stitch in time (saves nine)

used for saying that it is better to solve a problem now, rather than leave it until later when it may be more difficult to deal with

attend to

to deal with something or someone

bear the strain/pressure

to be able to continue in a very difficult situation

bite the bullet

to force yourself to do something difficult or unpleasant that you have been avoiding doing

blitz

verb

informal to make a special effort to finish a job or deal with a problem quickly and thoroughly

brave

verb

to deal with an unpleasant or difficult situation in order to achieve something

brave out

to deal with an unpleasant situation in a confident, patient, and determined way

brazen it out

to deal with a difficult or embarrassing situation by pretending that you do not care if people are shocked or offended by your behaviour, especially when you are in fact embarrassed

bridge

verb

to make something possible by getting rid of disagreements, differences, or difficulties

bring something to bear

formal to use something to deal with a problem or difficult situation

come at

to examine or deal with something such as a problem in a particular way

come to terms with something

to learn to accept and deal with an unpleasant situation or event, especially after being upset or angry about it for a long time

confront

verb

to deal with a difficult situation

confront

verb

if a problem or difficult situation confronts you, you have to deal with it

contend with

to have to deal with problems or difficulties, especially in order to achieve something

crack down

to start dealing with someone or something much more strictly

cut to the chase

to start dealing with the most important aspect of something rather than things that are less relevant

deal with

to take the action that is necessary when you are involved with a particular person or type of person

dig in

to prepare yourself for a difficult situation

do (all) the talking

if someone does the talking, they deal with a difficult situation by talking or explaining things

do something

to take action in order to deal with a situation

do something/nothing/anything about something

to do something/nothing/anything in order to deal with a problem

engage with

to make an effort to understand and deal with someone or something

face

verb

to talk to someone or to deal with someone although this is difficult or embarrassing

face facts

used for saying that someone has to accept the truth, although it is unpleasant

field

verb

to deal with something such as a question or a telephone call, especially a difficult one

file

verb

to take official action, for example to make an official complaint

gather your strength/courage/energy/wits

to prepare yourself for a difficult situation or action

get/come to grips with something

to start to deal with a problem, situation, or job that you have to do

gird up your loins

verb

to prepare for a difficult activity

gird up your loins

verb

to prepare for something difficult or dangerous

go about

to start dealing with a problem, situation, or job in a particular way

grasp the nettle

to deal with a complicated problem that will probably be very difficult, and may cause political or other problems

grit your teeth

British to show determination in a difficult situation

hack

verb

informal to have enough energy or interest to deal with something

handle

verb

to be able to deal successfully with a large amount of work or information

have someone/something on your hands

to have a person or a problem that you must deal with

have someone/something to reckon with

to be forced to deal with someone or something

leave no stone unturned

to do everything possible to solve a problem or to find something out

live through

to experience a dangerous or unpleasant situation and still be alive after it

make do (with/without something)

to succeed in dealing with a situation by using what is available/despite not having something

make the best of a bad job

to accept a bad situation and deal with it in the best way that you can

meet

verb

to do or provide what is necessary in order to deal successfully with a situation

meet something head on

to deal with a problem or difficult situation directly and with determination, instead of avoiding it

navigate

verb

formal to deal effectively with a complicated situation

pit your wits against

to use all of your intelligence to try to defeat someone or to solve a problem

play something by ear

to deal with a situation without having a plan, by reacting to things as they happen

readdress

verb

formal to return to an issue and deal with it again

see to

to deal with or take responsibility for someone or something

shoulder

verb

to deal with or accept something difficult

square up to

to start to deal with someone or something in a brave and determined way

square your shoulders

informal to prepare to deal with something difficult in a determined way, or to show that you are prepared to do this

take care of

to do what is necessary to deal with a person or situation

take something on board

to consider an idea, problem, or situation and try to deal with it

take the bull by the horns

to deal with a problem in a very direct and confident way, even though there is some risk in doing this

take the strain

to do the difficult work, or to deal with the pressure, so that someone else does not have to

tough it out

to stay in a situation that is difficult because you are very determined

we’ll have to see about that

to deal with or organize something

withstand

verb

to be able to deal with a difficult situation

work through

to deal with something such as a problem or a strong feeling by thinking and talking about it

wrestle with

to try to deal with or solve a difficult problem

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