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grapple
used in Middlemarch

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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
  • In short, he had weight, and might be expected to grapple with a disease and throw it; while Dr. Minchin might be better able to detect it lurking and to circumvent it.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (58% in)
  • When the commonplace "We must all die" transforms itself suddenly into the acute consciousness "I must die—and soon," then death grapples us, and his fingers are cruel; afterwards, he may come to fold us in his arms as our mother did, and our last moment of dim earthly discerning may be like the first.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (96% in)
  • She stopped in speechless agitation, not crying, but feeling as if she were being inwardly grappled.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (67% in)

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