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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the Colorado co-main event is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappling match, while there will be Muay Thai and kickboxing bouts laced throughout. Andrew Mcnicol, CNN, 5 May 2023 Sterling was giving me a valuable grappling lesson at CULTR Fight Club in Hoboken, New Jersey, ahead of his title defense fight against former two-division champ Henry Cejudo at UFC 288. Brett Williams, Men's Health, 5 May 2023 While Sterling’s grappling has always been the centerpiece of his combat sports skillset, Cejudo is arguably the greatest and most accomplished wrestler in mixed martial arts history. Brian Mazique, Forbes, 4 May 2023 Among his more recent endeavors is Brazilian jujitsu, a martial art that uses methods of grappling and ground fighting. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 9 May 2023 Their fight will pit Burns’s grappling against Masvidal’s boxing, and the winner will likely be in line for a title shot in the near future, White said, after Covington fights the current champion, Leon Edwards. Emmanuel Morgan, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2023 Tuesday's water content of the snowpack — in a state grappling with years of drought — was 186% of normal to date, according to the state Department of Water Resources' online data. John Antczak, Amy Taxin And Ben Finley, ajc, 2 Mar. 2023 In grappling with the impossibility of depicting the divine in physical form, the artist is responding to an unanswerable question posed in an eponymous 1971 essay by art historian Patrik Reutersward. Vanessa H. Larson, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2023 This has left deathcare entrepreneurs and advocates for greener death grappling to balance altruistic goals with the demands of startup culture, according to Caitlin Doughty, a mortician and author of several books about death and the funeral industry. Kari Paul, WIRED, 25 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Grappling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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