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Definition to struggle:

typically a mental struggle — as in coming to terms with something

more rarely a physical struggle — as in hand-to-hand combat or moving something heavy or awkward

Even more rarely, grapple or grappling hook can be used as a noun to reference a tool (consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding) that is often thrown with a rope.
  • I've just begun to grapple with the problem.
grapple = struggle
  • the two men grappled with each other for several minutes
  • The consideration of these facts impresses my mind almost in the same manner as does the vain endeavour to grapple with the idea of eternity.
    Charles Darwin  --  The Origin of Species
  • enabled to grapple with all the difficulties and solve all the problems of life
    Edwin Abbott  --  Flatland
  • We bumped into each other and grappled.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • grappled = struggled with each other
  • I squirmed, wanting to show I had been grappling deeply with such questions.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • grappling = struggling
  • Forgetting that they were already invisible, they shrank into the shadows, staring at the dark outlines of two people grappling with each other ten feet away.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • grappling = engaging in a physical struggle
  • Since the funeral, she'd grappled with the extraordinary events that had led to that fateful day.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Behind this thought there was a worse one, with which he dared not grapple.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Birthmark
  • He might have stabbed you to death as you grappled with him on the balcony.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • She was at last about to grapple in earnest with England.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Apparently he had dislodged it as he grappled with the door in the throes of his heart attack.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • But he was off somewhere, grappling with his own ghosts.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • The third button brought up a grappling hook that could be used to lock onto an enemy's chariot or push it away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • The mind finds answers, the heart grapples with new truths.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Fortunately he missed the aim; and on my approaching to grapple with him, took to his heels and ran for it.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Directly above them, Festus grappled with the earth goddess.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • She was at last about to grapple in earnest with England.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • If he had been armed I am sure he would have leaped across the table and we would have grappled on the floor until either he or I had succumbed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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