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grapple

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of grapple

  1. 1 the act or manner of holding was simply unable to break my opponent's viselike grapple and lost the wrestling match Synonyms clasp, clench, hold, grasp, grip, handgrip, handholdRelated Words anchorage, leverage, purchase; grab, seizure; foothold, footing, toehold; clinch, embrace, hugNear Antonyms release, relinquishment

  2. 2 an earnest effort for superiority or victory over another after a grapple with his conscience, he confessed to having an affair Synonyms ball game, battle, combat, competition, conflict, confrontation, contention, dogfight, duel, face-off, contest, match, rivalry, strife, struggle, sweepstakes (also sweep-stake), tug-of-war, war, warfareRelated Words horse race, nail-biter; showdown; clash, collision, discord, friction; argument, controversy, debate, disagreement, disputation, dispute, dissension (also dissention), quarrel, row, wrangleNear Antonyms concord, harmony, peace


grapple

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of grapple

  1. 1 to seize and attempt to unbalance one another for the purpose of achieving physical mastery two sumo wrestlers grappling like a pair of mammoth bears Synonyms wrestle, rassle, scuffle, tussleRelated Words battle, clash (with), combat, contend, duel, fight, war (against); bash, batter, beat, buffet, hit, punch, slug, strike; box, spar; brawl, skirmish

  2. 2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water Synonyms bag, capture, collar, cop [slang], corral, get, glom, grab, catch, hook, land, nab, nail, net, nobble [British slang], rap, seize, snag, snap (up), snare, snatch, trapRelated Words glove, halter, lasso, rope; apprehend, arrest, detain; bay, corner; clasp, clutch, fasten (on), fist, grasp, grip, hold, latch (on or onto), secure; rend, wrest; enmesh (also immesh), ensnare, entangle, entrap, mesh; abduct, kidnap, spirit (away or off)Near Antonyms discharge, free, liberate, release; drop, loosen, unhandAntonyms miss


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