present participle of grapple

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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

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2 to take physical control or possession of (something) suddenly or forcibly
  • a crane grappled the sunken boat and hoisted it above water

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The first known use of grappling was in 1582

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grapple (with)


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“Grappling.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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