To grapple with

to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.

See also: Grapple

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Buffalo was on fire to an enormous extent, and there were no signs of any efforts to grapple with the flames.
Year by year the Soldiers and Artisans began more vehemently to assert -- and with increasing truth -- that there was no great difference between them and the very highest class of Polygons, now that they were raised to an equality with the latter, and enabled to grapple with all the difficulties and solve all the problems of life, whether Statical or Kinetical, by the simple process of Colour Recognition.
Under this the Abraham Lincoln attained the mean speed of nearly eighteen knots and a third an hour-- a considerable speed, but, nevertheless, insufficient to grapple with this gigantic cetacean.
He had an extremely disturbing air of being everlastingly ready (even when seated at table at my right hand before a plate of salt beef) to grapple with some impending calamity.
My own unaided ingenuity, consulted next, proved quite unequal to grapple with the difficulty.
In Chicago, while her mistress saw one side of social life, Edith Whittlesey saw another side; and when she left her lady's service and became Edith Nelson, she betrayed, perhaps faintly, her ability to grapple with the unexpected and to master it.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], July 8 (ANI): The International Air Transport Association (lATA) has suspended the license of Cox & Kings for selling tickets as the company continues to grapple with the liquidity crisis, the company said on Monday.
Hoffman shows how the concept of opposition can be instrumental in solving some of the notorious problems philosophers have been grappling with and continue to grapple with. He does not search for new problems to take on, he says, but offers new solutions to problems identified and analyzed by other philosophers, because he does not find their own solutions satisfactory.
TONY 'Banger' Walsh was used to being battered by grannies' brollies on his way into the wrestling ring as the bad boy went to grapple with Big Daddy.
The Lebanese are tired of waiting and need a new government soon to grapple with their acute economic crisis, Charles Ayyoub, editor and publisher of the local daily AD DIYAR, said Monday.
For instance, the courts have begun to grapple with whether free-speech rights apply in the virtual world of cyberspace.
Abramsky inaccurately states that the left is unwilling to grapple with totalitarian-think.