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a. An iron shaft with claws at one end, usually thrown by a rope and used for grasping and holding, especially one for drawing and holding an enemy ship alongside. Also called grapnel, grappling, grappling hook, grappling iron.
b. See grapnel.
2. Any of various grasping devices having hinged tines or jaws that close around an object or load, used especially in lifting or dragging heavy items.
3. The act of grappling.
a. A struggle or contest in which the participants attempt to wrestle with each other by clutching or gripping.
b. A struggle for superiority or dominance.
v. grap·pled, grap·pling, grap·ples
1. To seize and hold with a grapple: grappled the prow of the ship.
2. To seize firmly with the hands: "Jules ... grappled the backpack chained over the back of Izzy's bike and began scrabbling through it" (Bella Bathurst).
1. To hold onto something with a grapple: "The 150-odd ships closed and grappled, initiating the most important naval battle of the Hundred Years' War" (Clifford J. Rogers).
2. To use a grapple or similar device, as for dragging.
a. To wrestle with an opponent by clutching or gripping.
b. To struggle or work hard to deal with something: grappled with their consciences; grapple with the political realities of our time.
[Middle English grapel, from Old French grapil, diminutive of grape, hook; see grape.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat
2. (foll by: with) to cope or contend: to grapple with a financial problem.
3. (Tools) (tr) to secure with a grapple
4. (Tools) any form of hook or metal instrument by which something is secured, such as a grapnel
a. the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
b. a grip or hold
6. a contest of grappling, esp a wrestling match
[C16: from Old French grappelle a little hook, from grape hook; see grapnel]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
v. -pled, -pling,
1. to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.
2. to engage in a struggle or close encounter: wrestlers grappling.
3. to try to overcome or deal: to grapple with a problem.v.t.
4. to seize or hold with or as if with a grapple.n.
6. a seizing or gripping.
7. a grip or close hold.
8. a hand-to-hand fight.
[1520–30; appar. a frequentative of Old English gegrǣppian to seize; associated with grapnel]
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Past participle: grappled
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|Noun||1.||grapple - a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope|
tool - an implement used in the practice of a vocation
|2.||grapple - a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam|
dredging bucket - a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
|3.||grapple - the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"|
struggle - strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
|Verb||1.||grapple - come to terms with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"|
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
extemporize, improvise - manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand; "after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"
fend - try to manage without help; "The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"
hack, cut - be able to manage or manage successfully; "I can't hack it anymore"; "she could not cut the long days in the office"
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by - manage one's existence barely; "I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"
|2.||grapple - to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"|
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1. deal, tackle, cope, face, fight, battle, struggle, take on, engage, encounter, confront, combat, contend, wrestle, tussle, get to grips, do battle, address yourself to The economy is just one of the problems that the country is grappling with.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
1. To take firmly with the hand and maintain a hold on:
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يَتَصارَع مع، يَتَعامَليَشْتَبِك مَع ، يَمسك ويُقاتِل
zabývat sezápasit s
glíma/kljást viîkljást viî
A. VI [wrestlers etc] → luchar cuerpo a cuerpo (with con) to grapple with a problem (fig) → confrontar un problema
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
to grapple with sth [+ problem] → être aux prises avec qch
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n = grappling iron
vi (lit) → ringen, kämpfen; to grapple with a problem/situation → sich mit einem Problem/einer Situation herumschlagen; the wrestlers grappled with each other → die Ringer hielten sich in enger Umklammerung
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
grapple[ˈgræpl] vi (wrestlers) to grapple (with) → essere alle prese (con), lottare (con)
to grapple with a problem (fig) → essere alle prese con un problema
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
1. to grasp and fight with. He grappled with the thief. worstel يَشْتَبِك مَع ، يَمسك ويُقاتِل боря се atracar-se com zápasit s raufen slås; kæmpe έρχομαι στα χέρια forcejear, luchar kähmlema گلاویز شدن painia en venir aux mains/prises avec לְהֵיאֵבק भिड़ जाना boriti se dulakodik vkivel bergulat glíma/kljást við lottare con 取っ組み合いをする 꽉 붙잡다 susikibti, susigrumti saķerties (cīņā) bergelut worstelen metkjempe med, prøve krefter med mocować się نيونونه: خپك ، لاس اچونه atracar-se com a (se) lupta corp la corp сцепиться pochytiť sa (s kým), pobiť sa spoprijeti se rvati se brottas med ชกต่อยกับ tutuşmak, boğuşmak 與…扭打(搏鬥) зчепитися گتھم گتھا ہونا túm chặt lấy 抓住，格斗
2. to (try to) deal with (a problem etc). He enjoys grappling with riddles. aanpak يَتَصارَع مع، يَتَعامَل преодолявам aplicar-se a zabývat se zu Leibe gehen tumle καταπιάνομαι με, αντιμετωπίζω lidiar, luchar, enzarzarse en, enredarse en; enfrentar maadlema دست و پنجه نرم کردن painiskella s'attaquer à לְהִתמוֹדֵד עִם निबटना rješavati problem küszködik vmivel berkutat kljást við cimentarsi 取り組む (문제 등과) 씨름하다 (imtis) spręsti cīnīties (ar grūtībām u.tml.) bergelut proberen op te lossen tumle/kjempe med borykać się تحمل كول aplicar-se a a încerca să ducă la bun sfârşit (пытаться) разрешить проблему pustiť sa do spoprijeti se uhvatiti se u koštac ge sig i kast med, försöka lösa รับมือกับ uğraşmak, boğuşmak (設法)應付 намагатися здолати مشکل مسئلے سے نبٹنا vật lộn với khó khăn 设法对付
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