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grapple - Dictionary definition and meaning for word grapple

(noun) a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
(noun) a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
Synonyms : clamshell

(noun) the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
Example Sentence
  • they had a fierce wrestle
  • we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully

(verb) come to terms with
Synonyms : contend , cope , deal , get by , make do , make out , manage
Example Sentence
  • We got by on just a gallon of gas
  • They made do on half a loaf of bread every day

(verb) to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
Synonyms : grip
Example Sentence
  • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for grapple

this when pronounced together..sounds like grapes and apples...so a fox STRUGGLING TO eat grapes and apple....
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by preetisoni2411

gRAPplE...concentrate on de capped letters.when someone tries to rape a girl,she grapples with the rapist
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by imajeeth

grapple->if you follow wwe..ders a guy called carlito who eats apple generally and spits it on d opponent..
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by Ani

grapple ~ grab + apple : the two men grappled with each other for several minutes to GRAB the APPLE
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by editor1

Grumpy apple fan always WRESTLE with others over superiority.
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by alien_x

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