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grapple

[grap-uh l] /ˈgræp əl/
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 of grapple
1520-1530
1520-30; apparently a frequentative of Old English gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel
Related forms
grappler, noun
intergrapple, verb, intergrappled, intergrappling.
ungrappled, adjective
Synonyms
5. struggle, contend, wrestle, cope, tussle.
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  • With the impact, both men went to the floor, grappled, and rolled over and over.

  • I grappled with my enemies, learned the rules of the game and beat them at their own sport.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • I grappled with him almost before the words were out of his mouth.

    A New Sensation Albert Ross
  • Colonel Singelsby grappled with it, as he had grappled with so many matters of the kind.

  • One day, pining perhaps for fresh diet, he grappled with his mistress and bit her hand.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
British Dictionary definitions for grappled

grapple

/ˈɡræpəl/
verb
1.
to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
2.
(intransitive) foll by with. to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem
3.
(transitive) to secure with a grapple
noun
4.
any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
5.
  1. the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
  2. a grip or hold
6.
a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
Derived Forms
grappler, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French grappelle a little hook, from grape hook; see grapnel
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Word Origin and History for grappled

grapple

n.

late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.

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