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grapple shot


noun Nautical.

a grapnellike projectile fired from a gun and used as a hold for the end of a line in rescue operations or in kedging.

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Nearby words

grappelli, grappier cement, grapple, grapple ground, grapple plant, grapple shot, grappler, grappling, grappling iron, graptolite, graptolitic

Origin of grapple shot

First recorded in 1880–85
Also called anchor shot.
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