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Verb: grapple  gra-pul
  1. Succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
    - cope, get by, make do, contend, deal, manage
  2. Hold or seize, as in a wrestling match
    "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes";
    - grip
Noun: grapple  gra-pul
  1. A tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
    - grapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
  2. A dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
    - clamshell
  3. The act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
    "they had a fierce grapple";
    - wrestle, wrestling, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle

Derived forms: grappled, grapples, grappling

Type of: act, clutch, dredging bucket, move, prehend [archaic], seize, struggle, tool

Encyclopedia: Grapple