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grapple
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Catch-22
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  • He might have stabbed you to death as you grappled with him on the balcony.
  • In a matter of moments they had disposed energetically of a problem with which Yossarian and Sergeant Towser had been grappling unsuccessfully for months.
  • ’He’s having convulsions,’ one of the men grappling with one of the young lieutenant’s limbs answered.
  • All at once he realized — though the writhing turbulence beneath him had not diminished one whit — that she was no longer grappling with him, recognized with a quiver that she was not fighting him but heaving her pelvis up against him remorselessly in the primal, powerful, rhapsodic instinctual rhythm of erotic ardor and abandonment.

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  • I’ve just begun to grapple with the problem.
  • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes

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