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  Definition of grapple
  1. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
  2. a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
  3. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
  4. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
  5. 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"
Similar Words: wrestle, wrestling, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, clamshell, grapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron, grip, cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, deal, manage

 

Hyponyms: crampon, crampoon, improvise, extemporize, fend, hack, cut, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by, rub along, meet, match, cope with

 

Derivational Morphology: grip, wrestle, clasp, clench, clutch, clutches, grasp, hold, wrestler, grappler, matman, wrestling, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, rassling, braving, confronting, coping with, tackling

 

 
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