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Definition 1: the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat - [noun denoting act]

Samples where grapple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they had a fierce wrestle
  • we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully

Synonyms for grapple in the sense of this definition

(grapple is a kind of ...) strenuous effort

"the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"

Definition 2: a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for grapple in the sense of this definition

(grapple is a kind of ...) an implement used in the practice of a vocation

(... is a kind of grapple ) a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects

(grapple is a part of ...) a mechanical device that is curved or bent to suspend or hold or pull something

Definition 3: a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for grapple in the sense of this definition

(grapple is a kind of ...) a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed

Definition 4: to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match - [verb of contact]

Samples where grapple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

Synonyms for grapple in the sense of this definition

(grapple is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Samples where grapple or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We got by on just a gallon of gas
  • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

Synonyms for grapple in the sense of this definition

(grapple is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of grapple ) manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand

"after the hurricane destroyed our house, we had to improvise for weeks"

(... is a kind of grapple ) try to manage without help

"The youngsters had to fend for themselves after their parents died"

(... is a kind of grapple ) be able to manage or manage successfully

"I can't hack it anymore" "she could not cut the long days in the office"

(... is a kind of grapple ) manage one's existence barely

"I guess I can squeeze by on this lousy salary"

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