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  1. [noun] a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
    Synonyms: grapnel, grappling hook, grappling iron

  2. [noun] a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
    Synonyms: clamshell

  3. [noun] the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
    Synonyms: wrestle, wrestling, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle

  4. [verb] come to terms or deal successfully with; "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
    Synonyms: cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, deal, manage

  5. [verb] to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match; "the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
    Synonyms: grip


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