As a society, the U.S. has been grappling with rising income inequality.
Mr. Boehner looks battle weary from five weeks of grappling with the White House.
McCain, meanwhile, is grappling with a subconscious desire to lose the race.
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.