grapple with (someone or something)

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grapple with (someone or something)

1. To physically struggle with someone else to obtain something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "grapple" and "with." 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. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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The most notable incident occurred when two young men sitting behind the stage shouted at Trump before a supporter grappled with one of them.
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Mr Singh, known as Charlie, who had three young children aged two, five and seven, was reportedly carrying around PS40,000 when he was blasted in the chest and stomach as he grappled with one robber.
Waiter Mohamed Hussein grappled with one before police arrived.
Stuart Hodgkins grappled with one of the masked crooks and refused to back down even at gunpoint.
The 32-year-old was knifed as he grappled with one of the burglars he had disturbed in the kitchen of the house he shares with wife Petra and son, Adam, aged five.
Sally had answered the door to her husband's killers before the businessman grappled with one of the gunmen in the hallway who blasted him before the pair fled.
A source said she grappled with one of the men before they snatched the keys from her hands.
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On Monday, Sharon wept as she begged for the return of jewellery stolen in a break-in during which Ozzy, 55, grappled with one of the burglars.
The heavy metal star, who grappled with one of the intruders during the break in, was asked if he would tackle a burglar again and said: "Is the Pope Catholic?"