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grapple (with someone) (for something)

to fight or scuffle with someone to get hold of something. The cop grappled with the thief for the gun. He grappled for the gun with Max.

grapple with something

Fig. to deal with a problem; to get a "good hold" on a problem. I have enough to grapple with now. No more problems, please. I cannot grapple with any additional problems.
See also: grapple

grapple with

To be engaged with the complications or problems presented by something; struggle with: Some parts of the world are grappling with overpopulation.
See also: grapple
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Maintenance companies can use a long reach Grappler tool for cleaning out sewer systems, outhouses, pit toilets, drainage pipes and a host of other uses.
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The Delhi- based grappler, who trains at the Chhatrasal Stadium when in town, backed his case for trials when he took the name of London Olympics gold medallist Jordan Burroughs.
Iran failed to get even a single gold medal last week in the annual World Wrestling Championships, but it still scored high in points because so many of its grapplers did well.
The Indian grappler fashioned his first win against 2008 Beijing gold medal winner Ramazan Sahin on the last day of the mega-sporting event, reviving the country's hopes of winning another medal.
Image: Stone-cold grappler Best known for: Being one of the biggest stars in the history of professional wrestling Early life: Austin was born Steven James Anderson in Victoria, Texas.
The gritty tale of over-the-hill, professional grappler Randy "The Ram" Robinson,awashed-up bruiser whose fading career until recently mirrored Rourke's own, should reinstate the rehabilitated bad boy as one of cinema's genuine acting greats.
Every grappler in the game is brilliantly rendered and the action gives the feel of watching the stars of TNA going at it in the six-sided ring.
The 5ft 4in grappler has since won several junior freestyle titles and is tipped for gold in the 2012 games.
Hot Rod: Roddy and Kate' In action: Nacho' Cape fear: Jack hams it up as tiny grappler Nacho KING KONG star Jack Black has revealed the inspiration behind his hilarious new movie - kilted wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Steve Insch-Smith, aged 46, said he could not believe his achievement after clocking a distance of 114km on a machine called the Grappler, which gives gym goers a minute to "travel" as far as they can using their arms.
Speed would have been a great ally against a mauler and grappler like Ruiz, but Toney appears to have compromised it and that almost certainly guarantees a contest full of holding with plenty of fouls and the odd warning thrown in.
Accomplishment: Junior wrestler Vlad Kockiev from Birmingham High of Lake Balboa accomplished what is considered unheard of for a City Section grappler when he not only competed, but finished second in the 130-pound class in the Junior Greco Roman finals in Fargo, N.
Fellow grappler Sting then went on to star in telepic "Shutterspeed.
The Maharashtra grappler has delivered results consistently.