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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Sure, a folding grappling hook sounds cool and all. Jim Cobb, Field & Stream, 14 Feb. 2023 The kit included a magnet with a 3,500-pound pull force, protective gloves, a rope and a grappling hook. Dan Belson, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2023 Once reserved for those who couldn't pay their electricity bills or wanted to grow weed inside, snagging some free power via grappling hook is now a military operation. Joseph Calamia, Discover Magazine, 30 June 2010 The mode also supports the incredibly cool trick of attaching this sequel's new grappling hook to any other Master Chief in your squad. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 15 Sep. 2022 Batman uses it to launch something like a grappling hook, which is connected to a cable. Wired, 24 July 2022 Even so, Rusted Moss separates itself from the crowd thanks in large part to a unique grappling hook mechanic. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 29 Apr. 2022 Clicking or tapping on the Bat-Signal GIF will transform your screen into a stormy night sky illuminated by the superhero’s famous beacon — before the Batman himself fires a grappling hook and swings into view. Todd Spangler, Variety, 23 Feb. 2022 Here, Master Chief uses his new grappling hook to attach to a distant point, then fling himself forward quickly. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 25 Mar. 2023.

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