1. to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match

    Synonyms : grip
    Type Of : clutch, prehend, seize
    Examples :
    • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes
  2. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope

    Synonyms : grapnel, grappler, grappling hook, grappling iron
    Type Of : tool
  3. succeed in doing, achieving, or producing (something) with the limited or inadequate means available

    Synonyms : contend, cope, deal, get by, make do, make out, manage
    Type Of : act, move
  4. a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam

    Synonyms : clamshell
    Type Of : dredging bucket
  5. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

    Synonyms : grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestle, wrestling
    Type Of : struggle