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

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Examples of grappling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The process, the feeling, the emotion, the grappling, is very universal., 4 Nov. 2020 Because our literary grappling with that crisis, and of mass species extinction and other related offshoots of human depredations on the natural world, is a direct engagement with the real. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 This is what the book is about, about the grappling of American Jewry (and its secret girlfriend, Israel). New York Times, 18 June 2021 In neighboring Louisiana, Letlow described her own grappling with the decision to launch a campaign while grieving. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, 7 Mar. 2021 From a parody of quarantine stereotypes to comedian Dave Chappelle's emotional grappling at the height of the racial injustice protests, this year's top 10 trending YouTube videos are vastly different from years past. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 1 Dec. 2020 But in an illustration of how divisive grappling with that brutal colonial history is in Belgium, a spokesman for the mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, said the statue of Leopold was not being removed because of the recent outcry., 9 June 2020 Another $10 million in loans and grants will be available to small businesses in the city grappling with day-to-day survival. Chronicle Staff,, 24 Apr. 2020 Campaigns are readjusting to a world without rallies, in which appeals for cash risk offending a public grappling with life-and-death dilemmas and in which the wealthiest of donors have seen billions wiped off their personal fortunes. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of grappling

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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grapple shot


grappling hook

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13 Nov 2021

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“Grappling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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