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- n. A type of hook attached to a line and designed to be thrown at a target (e.g. rigging of an enemy ship) for the purpose of catching hold of it.
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- n. a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding; often thrown with a rope
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Then he took his drawn sword in his right and his grappling hook in his left and, repairing to the Caliph’s sitting-saloon planted his scaling ladder and cast his grapnel on to the side of the terrace-roof; then, raising the trap-door, let himself down into the saloon, where he found the eunuchs asleep.
And as we laid out on the next tack to wind-ward, I bent a piece of line to a small grappling hook I had seen lying in the bail-hole.
Big Ears whipped out his M16, loaded a grappling hook into its underslung grenade launcher, aimed, and fired.
I took a grappling hook and Bult's umbrella and went down to get the tssi mitsse out of the water.