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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web While her songs deal with a grappling of her inner demons, the fashion also appears ready for combat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 18 July 2022 Particularly Jack, with your grappling, and Sean, with your attitude both in and out of the cage. Josh Chesler, SPIN, 4 Feb. 2022 Victory and defeat live split seconds apart in mixed martial arts, where judges must factor in the impact of strikes and grappling, execution of takedowns, reversals, effective aggression, area control, and more, according to the ABC MMA ruleset. Brian Roberts, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grappling was in 1582

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“Grappling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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