grapple

[grap-uhl]
verb (used without object), grappled, grappling.
1.
to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
2.
to use a grapple.
3.
to seize another, or each other, in a firm grip, as in wrestling; clinch.
4.
to engage in a struggle or close encounter (usually followed by with ): He was grappling with a boy twice his size.
5.
to try to overcome or deal (usually followed by with ): to grapple with a problem.
verb (used with object), grappled, grappling.
6.
to seize, hold, or fasten with or as with a grapple.
7.
to seize in a grip, take hold of: The thug grappled him around the neck.
noun
8.
a hook or an iron instrument by which one thing, as a ship, fastens onto another; grapnel.
9.
a seizing or gripping.
10.
a grip or close hold in wrestling or hand-to-hand fighting.
11.
a close, hand-to-hand fight.

Origin:
1520–30; apparently a frequentative of Old English gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel

grappler, noun
intergrapple, verb, intergrappled, intergrappling.
ungrappled, adjective


5. struggle, contend, wrestle, cope, tussle.
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grapple (ˈɡræpəl)
 
vb (foll by with)
1.  to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
2.  to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem
3.  (tr) to secure with a grapple
 
n
4.  any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
5.  a.  the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
 b.  a grip or hold
6.  a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
 
[C16: from Old French grappelle a little hook, from grape hook; see grapnel]
 
'grappler
 
n

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grapple
1295, from O.Fr. grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1530, from the noun.
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GRAPPLE definition


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