grapple with

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I would not bear sword or weapon against the worm if I knew how else I might proudly grapple with the wretch, as I of old with Grendel did.
Buffalo was on fire to an enormous extent, and there were no signs of any efforts to grapple with the flames.
Year by year the Soldiers and Artisans began more vehemently to assert -- and with increasing truth -- that there was no great difference between them and the very highest class of Polygons, now that they were raised to an equality with the latter, and enabled to grapple with all the difficulties and solve all the problems of life, whether Statical or Kinetical, by the simple process of Colour Recognition.
Under this the Abraham Lincoln attained the mean speed of nearly eighteen knots and a third an hour-- a considerable speed, but, nevertheless, insufficient to grapple with this gigantic cetacean.
He had an extremely disturbing air of being everlastingly ready (even when seated at table at my right hand before a plate of salt beef) to grapple with some impending calamity.
My own unaided ingenuity, consulted next, proved quite unequal to grapple with the difficulty.
In Chicago, while her mistress saw one side of social life, Edith Whittlesey saw another side; and when she left her lady's service and became Edith Nelson, she betrayed, perhaps faintly, her ability to grapple with the unexpected and to master it.
One of our miseries is that we can't find a gentleman who will grapple with the hideous difficulties of Falkland.
Hoffman shows how the concept of opposition can be instrumental in solving some of the notorious problems philosophers have been grappling with and continue to grapple with.
TONY 'Banger' Walsh was used to being battered by grannies' brollies on his way into the wrestling ring as the bad boy went to grapple with Big Daddy.
The new attachment features a single cylinder grapple with a unique jaw action that pulls material toward the frame as the jaw closes.
The Lebanese are tired of waiting and need a new government soon to grapple with their acute economic crisis, Charles Ayyoub, editor and publisher of the local daily AD DIYAR, said Monday.