grapple with

grapple with
ˈgrapple ˌwith [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they grapple with he/she/it grapples with present participle grappling with past tense grappled with past participle grappled with] phrasal verb
to try hard to understand a difficult idea or to solve a difficult problem

The government continued to grapple with the issue of public transport.

Thesaurus: to think carefully or a lot about thingssynonym
Main entry: grapple

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  • grapple with — index contest, fight (battle), repulse Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • grapple with — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms grapple with : present tense I/you/we/they grapple with he/she/it grapples with present participle grappling with past tense grappled with past participle grappled with grapple with something to try hard to… …   English dictionary

  • grapple with — phr verb Grapple with is used with these nouns as the object: ↑mystery, ↑problem …   Collocations dictionary

  • grapple with — Synonyms and related words: a outrance, antagonize, bandy with, battle, battle it out, beat against, beat up against, box, brawl, breast the wave, broil, buck, buffet, buffet the waves, bump heads, clash, close, close with, collide, combat, come… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • grapple with — struggle to deal with (a problem). → grapple …   English new terms dictionary

  • grapple with — Struggle with, engage with, close with, contend with (in close fight) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • To grapple with — Grapple Grap ple, v. i. To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one s self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another. [1913 Webster] {To grapple with}, to enter into contest with, resolutely and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ˈgrapple ˌwith sth — phrasal verb to try hard to understand a difficult idea or solve a difficult problem …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Grapple — Grap ple, v. i. To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one s self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another. [1913 Webster] {To grapple with}, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • grapple — ► VERB 1) engage in a close fight or struggle without weapons. 2) (grapple with) struggle to deal with or understand. 3) archaic seize with a grapnel. ► NOUN 1) an act of grappling. 2) a grapnel …   English terms dictionary

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