grappling hook


: a hook usually with multiple prongs that is typically attached to a rope and is used for grabbing, grappling, or gripping

called also grappling iron

Examples of grappling hook in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a grappling hook to make use of, but other than that, my scoundrel Kay Vess simply runs, jumps, and climbs up bright yellow grates and ledges like anyone else. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 19 June 2024 But smaller ships not covered by those rules can still operate huge winches capable of handling heavy grappling hooks or cranes that launch and retrieve undersea vehicles. Robert Martinage, Foreign Affairs, 1 Jan. 2015 Your kit also contains special attacks, a grappling hook for zipping around the environment, and stealth kills. PCMAG, 21 Mar. 2024 Without enough de-mining equipment and vehicles, Ukrainian forces have sometimes had to resort to going out with ropes and grappling hooks that troops pull across fields. Anna Mulrine Grobe, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Feb. 2024 There are machines with the ability to cast nets and extend grappling hooks, too. Jon Gertner, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 The treaty says nothing about such provocations — or about grappling hooks, nesting dolls and cyberwarfare. Jon Gertner, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2023 Some give you a higher jump or faster run; one gives you a retractable vine that’s basically a grappling hook. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 20 Oct. 2023 Other available badges let Mario jump higher, grab distant walls with a piranha plant grappling hook, or climb up walls with a useful vertical jump. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 18 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grappling hook was in 1581

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“Grappling hook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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