Synonyms of grapple
1 dealDictionary • The economy is just one of the problems that the country is grappling with.
face • He looked relaxed and calm as he faced the press.
fight • The Sioux fought other tribes for territorial rights.
engage • They could engage the enemy beyond the range of the torpedoes.
encounter • They were about to cross the border and encounter Iraqi troops.
confront • She pushed her way through the mob and confronted him face to face.
combat • new government measures to combat crime
get to grips
address yourself to
2 struggleDictionary • He grappled desperately with Holmes for control of the weapon.
struggle • We were struggling for the gun when it went off.
fight • a lot of unruly drunks fighting
wrestle • The boys wrestled with each other in the garden.
battle • Many people battled with police.
clash • A group of 400 demonstrators clashed with police.
contend • The two main groups contended for power.
strive • He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
tussle • They ended up tussling with the security staff.
scuffle • Police scuffled with some of the protesters.
come to grips
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battleTo battle with an opposing group means to take part in a fight or contest against them. In American English, you can also say that one group or person is battling another.
• Many people battled with police.
clashWhen people clash, they fight, argue, or disagree with each other.
• A group of 400 demonstrators clashed with police.
combatIf people in authority combat something, they try to stop it happening.
• new government measures to combat crime
Thesaurus for grapple from the Collins English Thesaurus
to come to grips with (one or more persons), esp to struggle in hand-to-hand combat