grapple

When you wrestle with something — literally or figuratively — you grapple with it, or try to overcome it.

If you trace the word grapple back to its French roots, you’ll discover that the word originally referred to "a grape hook," a pronged tool used to harvest grapes. If you think about how awkward it would be to harvest grapes, with the individual grapes ready to scatter everywhere, it makes sense that grapple eventually evolved to include a verb form used to describe struggling with something unruly. You might grapple with a budget shortfall, grapple for answers, grapple with a wrestling opponent, or grapple with a new technology.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: grapple

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vn
come to terms with
a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
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n
a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: grapple
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v come to terms with

Synonyms:
contend, cope, deal, get by, make do, make out, manage
Types:
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extemporize, improvise
manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
fend
try to manage without help
cut, hack
be able to manage or manage successfully
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
manage one's existence barely
cope with, match, meet
satisfy or fulfill
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

“the two men grappled with each other for several minutes”
Synonyms:
grip
Type of:
clutch, prehend, seize
take hold of; grab

n a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

Synonyms:
grapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
Types:
crampon, crampoon
a hinged pair of curved iron bars; used to raise heavy objects
Type of:
tool
an implement used in the practice of a vocation

n the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

Synonyms:
grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle, wrestling
Type of:
struggle
strenuous effort
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n a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam

Synonyms:
clamshell
Type of:
dredging bucket
a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
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