1. [ verb ] come to terms or deal successfully with;
Synonyms: deal cope manage get_by contend make_do make_out

"We got by on just a gallon of gas" "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

Related terms: act meet fend hack extemporize scrape_along braving
2. [ verb ] to grip or seize, as in a wrestling match
Synonyms: grip

"the two men grappled with each other for several minutes"

Related terms: clutch seize clasp wrestle wrestling
3. [ noun ] a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
Synonyms: clamshell
Related terms: dredging_bucket
4. [ noun ] a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
Synonyms: grappler grappling_hook grappling_iron grapnel
Related terms: tool crampon hook
5. [ noun ] the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
Synonyms: grappling wrestling hand-to-hand_struggle wrestle

"they had a fierce wrestle" "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"

Related terms: struggle wrestle
Similar spelling:   grappler