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grapple for (something)

To physically struggle to obtain something. I grappled for the ball with one of the players on the other team.
See also: for, grapple

grapple with (someone or something)

1. To physically struggle with someone else to obtain something. I grappled with one of the players on the other team for the ball.
2. To have difficulty in understanding or managing something. We've been grappling with a lot of technical issues since implementing that new computer system.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

grapple with

To be engaged with the complications or problems presented by something; struggle with: Some parts of the world are grappling with overpopulation.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Also, the new GSH grapples feature a standard lifting eye on the bottom of the housing for expanded versatility, such as mounting a magnet.
For this mission, Grapple's crew and embarked divers traveled from port to port, working both ashore and at sea to conduct dive training, exercises and operations with host-country defense forces.
Loading elemental time functions were grouped into: (1) Swing to log pile--Begins when the grapple swings to log pile and ends when the grapple reaches the pile and is ready for grappling; (2) Grapple--Begins when grapple starts to gather a load and ends when the grapple is full; (3) Swing to truck--Begins when grapple starts to swing to tractor-trailer with a full grapple of logs and ends when grapple reaches the tractor-trailer; (4) Ungrapple--Begins when loader operator opens grapple and drops logs onto the truck and ends when loader is ready for another load; and (5) Rework--Consists of time taken to rearrange some of the logs grappled in a turn for better placement and a safe and full load.
At its heart, the Builtrite Material Handler and grapple offer as much as 35 ft of reach (70-ft diameter), more than enough for Sparta's operator to access all areas needed for the charge.
The ships will join the USS Grapple which returned to Newport.
EMS used two Caterpillar 345B excavators equipped with Genesis GDG90 grapples (Genesis Equipment & Manufacturing, Inc., Superior, Wisconsin) at the Sartell dam.
The new EDGE Pallet Fork Frame with Grapple is the perfect multi-purpose attachment for clamping anything from small pipe to large culverts and also works well for moving plywood and other building materials.
"They have done a good job eradicating the grapple tackle in the NRL with two referees but Huddersfield have brought it here.
He remembers when Grapple X and at least one other bomb were detonated, and was told by Army bosses to turn around to shield his eyes.
* The grapple jaws of the MG 1900 open to a width of 87 inches to provide ample jaw capacity for various demolition applications.
It must have the lifting capacity and quick cycle times for maximum production whether you're using a magnet or grapple.
A mechanized harvesting system consisting of a feller-buncher and grapple skidder was examined in four central Appalachian hardwood sites.
Moreover, he helps readers grapple with the spiritual questions that inevitably spring from the study of space.
He has an ear for teenage banter, and he's tartly lyrical about Jersey towns, Italian families, and homemade mix tapes with titles like GRAPPLE and AURGH.