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  • noun Agent noun of grapple; one who grapples.
  • noun A wrestler; one who fights by wrestling.

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  • noun a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
  • noun combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground


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  • Aside from the showmanship, Ebersole will look to keep the fight moving as Hallman has a wrestling background and is known as a grappler. | Top Stories 2011

  • In his mind, the grappling arts -- wrestling, judo, jujitsu, sambo, submission fighting -- are the most combat-relevant because, as the Gracies of Brazilian jujitsu fame have proven, most fights go to the ground and it is difficult to stop a grappler from getting hold of you if he wants to.

    Barry Eisler Answers.... 2010

  • Much like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has transitioned from the wrestling ring to the silver screen, Marvel's former female grappler, Screaming Mimi, has done pretty well for herself since ditching the squared circle and becoming Songbird, the former heart and soul of the Thunderbolts.

    She’s come a long way, baby, since her wrestling days | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment 2009

  • Dude, I REALLY want to learn some sort of self-defense art … you know, the kind of thing that would ACTUALLY WORK if you got jacked, as opposed to doing Karate kicks and then getting your ass beat down by a big grappler.

    How to fail at your goals | Johnny B. Truant 2010

  • So it was that on Valentine's Day, 2011, that the WWE universe was greeted with the return of its favorite son, the well-known grappler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson.

    The Rock returns to WWE's 'Monday Night Raw,' with an assist from social media Justin Bank 2011

  • A few weeks ago, in an effort to cut my 2.5-mile treadmill run to under 30 minutes, I popped in "Vision Quest," the 1985 film about a high-school wrestler who comes of age while pursuing a single-minded obsession to get on the mat with the state's chiseled-from-stone champion grappler.

    Don't You Forget About Them Ken Kurson 2011

  • On Thursday, the former Extreme Championship Wrestling honcho posted pics on his Heyman Hustle website, hoping to prove Rihanna swagger-jacked the idea from his 1998 cover jacket featuring a grappler called Sandman.

    Rihanna “Rated R” Cover Art Revealed 2009

  • Should the talented grappler fall the way of so many others and succumb to GSP in April, a match between Shields and Penn would be a ground aficionado's wet dream.

    Elliot Worsell: BJ Penn -- What Next? Elliot Worsell 2011

  • He may be getting rid of ambling tearful goal-scapegoat Dimitar Berbatov, indolent Glenn Hoddle-lite Michael Carrick, juddering, creaking, back-firing defensive Rolls Royce Rio Ferdinand and apparently want-away ace grappler Nemanja Vidic.

    Football transfer rumours: Kasper Schmeichel to Bayern Munich? 2010

  • Hei easily dodges his shots and manages to get Saitou around the neck with his wire grappler thing.

    Extra: Darker than Black [ep 26/OVA] « Undercover 2008


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