"grapples" in the noun sense
1. grapnel, grapple, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding often thrown with a rope
2. clamshell, grapple
a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
3. wrestle, wrestling, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle
the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
"they had a fierce wrestle"
"we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
"grapples" in the verb sense
1. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage
succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available
"We got by on just a gallon of gas"
"They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"
2. grapple, grip
to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
"the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"
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