- 1 [no object] Engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons; wrestle: passersby grappled with the man after the knife attackMore example sentences
- The pair grappled and wrestled and Smith then left the matter, only for the brawl to erupt again shortly afterwards.
- Here, the players grappled like bears and fought like tigers to stay on their feet.
- I just always loved fighting and grappling, so I got in the ring.
- 1.1 [with object] Seize hold of (someone).More example sentences
- Ferguson punched Bishop in the face and grappled him to the floor, leaving the drug addict ‘battered and bruised’.
- I felt the man approach me… He grappled me by the hips.
- Suddenly she about-faced and grappled him into the undergrowth.
- 1.2 (grapple with) Struggle with or work hard to deal with or overcome (a difficulty or challenge): other towns are still grappling with the problemMore example sentences
- He is already grappling with the difficulty of converting diplomatic rhetoric into actual money.
- The Prime Minister immediately set about grappling with the challenge of investigating the bombings.
- In the course of telling aspirin's story Jeffrey engagingly grapples with challenging questions about the nature of innovation and the impact of commercial rivalry on scientific advancement.
- 2 [with object] • archaic Seize or hold with a grapnel.More example sentences
- This said, they grappled him with more than hundred hooks.
- The enemy being three to one grappled him contemptuously with iron hooks, and when the ships were fastened together the battle was fought as though it were on land.
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- 1An act of grappling.More example sentences
- Over 40 separate maneuvers are available to The Hulk via his combat system, which consists of a number of punches, jumps, and grapples.
- Over time, Kang learns new fighting techniques, including grapples and disarming, as well as stunt-driving maneuvers.
- These grapple types are performed by pressing up, down, left or right in conjunction with an attack button, making for 16 grapples per wrestler.
- 1.1 • informal A wrestling match.More example sentences
- ‘Nice,’ Anna retorted, not fully understanding Leanne's explanation of the grapple but pretending that she did anyway.
- A brief grapple ensued, pushing and shoving aplenty all round, and I duly broke free, uninjured and unrobbed.
- He likes nothing better than locking arms, hooking thumbs and hunkering down for a quick grapple on a table.
- 1.2An instrument for catching hold of or seizing something; a grappling hook.More example sentences
- A combination of factors, including species, pile height and operator preference had led him to look for a new grapple, in this case one that didn't yet exist.
- At a project in New Jersey, a One-Line System was used with a conventional, midsize, two-drum cable crane and a grapple to clean out debris from behind a dam.
- It's another difficult wreck to shot, lying along the tide with a smooth keel exposed, so the grapple has little to catch on.
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- Typical aikido practice doesn't include the kind of fighting and short-range drills that are practiced by wrestlers and other grapplers.
- In this film we have cast some of the very best grapplers and cage fighters, so you will see loads of grappling, take downs and chokes - a lot more than ever before.
- He says the first thing wannabe grapplers are taught is how to fall properly, because safety is paramount, and they then progress onto a basic move called the collar and elbow tie-up, which is the move that starts most matches.
Middle English (as a noun denoting a grapnel): from Old French grapil, from Provençal, diminutive of grapa 'hook', of Germanic origin; related to grape. The verb dates from the mid 16th century.