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Grapple meaning

grapple - 8 dictionary results

  1. 1. To seize; to lay fast hold of; to attack at close quarters: as, to grapple an antagonist.
  2. 2. To fasten, as with a grapple; to fix; to join indissolubly.
  3. 3. To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one's self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another.
  4. 4. A seizing or seizure; close hug in contest; the wrestler's hold.
  5. 5. An instrument, usually with hinged claws, for seizing and holding fast to an object; a grab.
  6. 6. A grappling iron.
  7. 7. A gripe or clutch.
  8. 8. To seize; clutch; lay fast hold of.

grapple - examples of usage

  1. A short time afterwards, however, he had to grapple with his partner's work in real earnest. - "At Sunwich Port, Complete", W.W. Jacobs.
  2. Perhaps he expressed it in a degree, for now and then the girl's eyes kindled as he told of some heroic grapple with giant rock and roaring river, gnawing hunger, and loneliness, and the beaten man's despair. - "The Greater Power", Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton.
  3. He vaguely felt that it was incumbent on him to prove his manhood in this arduous grapple with Nature, and, after a purposeless life, to vindicate himself. - "The Greater Power", Harold Bindloss W. Herbert Dunton.
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