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grappling iron

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noun
  1. a grapnel.
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Origin of grappling iron

First recorded in 1530–40
Also called grappling hook.
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Historical Examples

  • If only he would come near enough for me to get the grappling-iron into him!

    Timar's Two Worlds

    Mr Jkai

  • 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.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for grappling iron

grappling iron

grappling hook

noun
  1. a grapnel, esp one used for securing ships
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