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grapple (n.)

"iron hook for fastening one thing to another," late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel).

grapple (v.)

1520s, "seize and hold fast," originally in reference to a ship, by means of a grapple, from grapple (n.). Extended sense of "battle, struggle in close contact" (usually with with) is from 1580s of persons, 1630s of immaterial things. Related: Grappled; grappling. Grappling hook is from 1620s.

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Definitions of grapple
1
grapple (n.)
a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope;
Synonyms: grapnel / grappler / grappling hook / grappling iron
grapple (n.)
a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam;
Synonyms: clamshell
grapple (n.)
the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat;
Synonyms: wrestle / wrestling / grappling / hand-to-hand struggle
2
grapple (v.)
succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available;
Synonyms: cope / get by / make out / make do / contend / deal / manage
grapple (v.)
to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match;
the two men grappled with each other for several minutes
Synonyms: grip
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