grap·​pling | \ ˈgra-p(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce grappling (audio) \

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The grappling was a high level throughout the bout. Todd Martin, Los Angeles Times, "UFC 241 live updates: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic," 17 Aug. 2019 Much like another son of Bexar County, former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, Hurd was a traditional Republican grappling with the changing order created by the tea party movement (a movement that led to Trump’s ascendance). Gilbert Garcia,, "Hurd walked a thin line in his congressional swing district," 3 Aug. 2019 So when the series debuts on Sunday, the on-screen image of Ailes will be the product of years of grappling, arguing, writing and rewriting; of death threats and smears and anonymous sources; of clashing interpretations of shadowy truths. Austin Considine, New York Times, "How Russell Crowe Channeled Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’," 27 June 2019 When his landing craft reached shore, three Rangers hopped out, set some charges and blew up obstacles so the rest of them could get out, shoot grappling hooks up the face of a cliff called Pointe du Hoc and take out large artillery guns. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On 75th anniversary of invasion, D-Day veterans recall 'all hell was breaking loose'," 6 June 2019 Shoot a grappling hook directly from your perspective, tap gamepad buttons to make your hero jump on its wire, then bob your head to raise the wire higher. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The high points: There’s a grappling hook, and also a sword. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Battlefield V teases its battle royale mode, Deep Silver acquires TimeSplitters," 17 Aug. 2018 The gameplay sequence confirms that Doom Eternal will further emphasize movement and explosive weaponry, and the most noticeable change comes from a new super shotgun that doubles as a grappling hook. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal ushers in idTech 7, bloody new powers," 10 Aug. 2018 Blackout also adds quite a few features from the main multiplayer mode, including mechanical grappling hooks, deployable shields, and RC cars for remote scouting. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Black Ops 4 merges Fortnite and PUBG into the best Call of Duty in years," 19 Oct. 2018

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1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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