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Definition of 'grapple'


  1. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
       Synonyms: grapnel grappler grappling hook grappling iron
  2. a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
       Synonyms: clamshell
  3. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
       Synonyms: wrestle wrestling grappling hand-to-hand struggle


  1. come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
       Synonyms: cope get by make out make do contend deal manage
  2. 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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