Origin of grappling
verb (used without object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
verb (used with object), grap·pled, grap·pling.
Origin of grapple
Synonyms for grapple
Related Words for grapplingcontend, confront, cope, catch, encounter, scuffle, nail, hook, battle, close, nab, tussle, clash, fight, attack, take, grip, hug, combat, snatch
Examples from the Web for grappling
Contemporary Examples of grappling
We read Thomas Piketty because we needed to understand these failures to have any hope of grappling with them.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
When Booker assumed office, his half-a-million constituents were grappling with high unemployment and rampant poverty.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy
October 20, 2014
Now Europe is grappling with its worst fear—the threat of an Ebola outbreak.Ebola in Europe: What Went Wrong
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 8, 2014
Given the daunting problems the city is grappling with—massive debt and a severe pension crisis—can you blame them?Could Rahm Lose to This Infamous Union Leader?
July 3, 2014
I love all the trappings of a classic heist plot: stopwatches and masks, grappling hooks and black turtlenecks.Book Bag: The Best Heists in Fact, Film, and Fiction
June 6, 2014
Historical Examples of grappling
You think of your wife, grappling with a kind of difficulty to which she is unaccustomed.The Conquest of Fear
He paused again, grappling with this amazing revelation of self.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Visibly an idea had visited him with which he was grappling.The Paliser case
“Grappling with life” and earnestly studying a profession then might have extinguished me.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
Two lines were thrown, each with a grappling hook on the end.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
- the act of gripping or seizing, as in wrestling
- a grip or hold
Word Origin for grapple
late 13c., from Old French grapil "hook" (see grapnel). The verb is 1520s, "seize and hold fast," from the noun. Sense of "battle, struggle (with)" is from 1590s. Related: Grappled; grappling.