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grappling iron

noun

  1. a grapnel.


grappling iron

noun

  1. a grapnel, esp one used for securing ships


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Word History and Origins

Origin of grappling iron1

First recorded in 1530–40
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Example Sentences

Darwin began to put down a grappling iron on the outer side of the reef and to drag up coral.

The ketch was slowly drifting down until a grappling-iron could almost be thrown aboard.

Beaudry brought to the meeting-place a quarter-inch rope and a grappling-iron with three hooks.

Litton could not speak; but he threw a look that was like a grappling-iron and Teed came back.

Jimmy, the fair-haired pirate, hauled in on the alders and flung a grappling iron aboard my bank, which presently he ascended.

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