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grappling iron

a grapnel.
Also called grappling hook.
Origin of grappling iron
1530-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Little had I imagined how difficult it would be to move the grappling iron, so heavy was the great length of rope.

    The Treasure of the Tigris A. F. Mockler Ferryman
  • At the oars was a youth vainly trying to look brave while at the stern a grizzled riverman dragged a grappling iron.

  • It came to the surface soon as touched by the grappling iron, which caught in the loose drapery around it.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The trap will seldom be drawn more than twenty yards from the spot, and with a grappling iron is soon recovered.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • At that instant I suddenly arose and threw the grappling iron.

  • Throwing a grappling iron upon this ship, Cymon drew it close to his own.

  • Jimmy, the fair-haired pirate, hauled in on the alders and flung a grappling iron aboard my bank, which presently he ascended.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Darwin began to put down a grappling iron on the outer side of the reef and to drag up coral.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
British Dictionary definitions for grappling iron

grappling iron

a grapnel, esp one used for securing ships
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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