- a grapnel.
Origin of grappling iron
First recorded in 1530–40
Also called grappling hook.
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Examples from the Web for grappling iron
If only he would come near enough for me to get the grappling-iron into him!Timar's Two Worlds
You haven't thrown your grappling-iron on a worthless building.The Chouans
Honore de Balzac
This is incorrect; it was not the grappling-iron, but the other (inland) end of the lever which was brought down to the ground.Helps to Latin Translation at Sight
Grapnel, grap′nel, n. a small anchor with several claws or arms: a grappling-iron.
Then she fastened a collar around his neck, to which there was attached a grappling-iron.A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
James De Mille
- a grapnel, esp one used for securing ships
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