Recently, my friend's office was burned due to a shortcircuit in a switchboard. So, I want to give them some positive message. E.g. –

Must be a trying situation for you guys. Take care guys! I hope you ___ this situation.

I want to use some idiom or a word. Closest I found is overcome, but I don't feel like using it.

  • What is wrong with overcome that you don't want to use it? Without knowing what kind of word you're looking for, we would just be guessing. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 13 '19 at 7:13
  • @JasonBassford I always use the word overcome. So, I want different word or idiom to express same thought. – Ubi hatt Apr 13 '19 at 7:16
  • The single word that I believe is the closest in meaning to overcome is surmount. However, I can't provide that as an answer, because it would sound strange if put into your sentence. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Apr 13 '19 at 13:04

I would recommend


According to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary :


intransitive verb

1a: to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties — often used with with

// to cope with the demands of her schedule

  • I'll wait for few more suggestion. – Ubi hatt Apr 13 '19 at 7:16

You might try get through or come through with an adverb at the end to emphasize how you want them to get through it. Both phrasal verbs imply dealing with a difficult situation.

"I hope you get through this situation [quickly/easily/alright/soon]."


A higher purpose of a mistake that harms us is learning, so in this particular case I will use the verb to learn, instead of to overcome. Overcoming not necessarily makes you grow from your mistakes, and learning is always the most positive outcome from an error. Therefore if I were you, I will tell to your friend:

I hope you will learn from this situation so it won't happen again.

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    I think that "I hope you will learn from this situation" could easily be taken as patronizing or condescending rather than supportive. – KillingTime Apr 13 '19 at 7:44
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    If you assume that OP's friend was culprit, then you are correct. But, I don't see that OP mentioned it anywhere in his/her description that the friend intentionally or playfully short-circuited the switchboard. – Ubi hatt Apr 13 '19 at 8:00

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