grap·pling | \ˈgra-p(ə-)liŋ \

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There were some fun variations; the grappling hook could be used not just to propel Rico around, but to tie objects or enemies to each other. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "How Just Cause 4’s tornado works, and a glimpse at all the chaos you cause," 14 June 2018 Their ideas—a grappling hook, new mystical combo-attack powers, coming back from the dead—might be a true answer to Tecmo's Souls-like game Nioh. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 Collectively known as Ringkampf, the duo offers the perfect combination of WALTER’s power mixed with Thatcher’s mat-based grappling. Justin Barrasso,, "Week in Wrestling: John Cena on What Made WrestleMania 34 Special, His New Animated Series," 30 May 2018 Against the Rangers on Feb. 18, Gostisbehere received his first fighting major for a grappling match with Pavel Buchnevich. Sam Donnellon,, "New Flyer Johnny Oduya's arrival delayed," 28 Feb. 2018 In truly violent stories, the plot is one of grappling, and grappling with grappling. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "An Education in Doubt," 21 Feb. 2018 Their choices — which include The New Jim Crow — reflect rich scholarship, iconoclastic ideas and a serious grappling with the roots of some of today’s most pressing issues. Sarah Begley, Time, "9 Books to Read for Black History Month, According to Scholars," 15 Feb. 2018 With all fighters having been forced to improve their wrestling, grappling and jiu-jitsu, the playing field in those techniques has leveled. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Georges St-Pierre: Training with Freddie Roach 'a fighter’s fantasy'," 2 Nov. 2017 Pro wrestler Davey Boy Smith Jr. says his grappling experience helped him perform an act of heroism on Sunday in Canada. Dan Gartland,, "Davey Boy Smith Jr. Says He Saved a Suicidal Woman on a Bridge," 23 Oct. 2017

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1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grappling was in 1582

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