Grappling tongs
Grappling Grap"pling, n. 1. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is seized and held, a grapnel. [1913 Webster]

2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Grappling iron}, a hooked iron used for grappling and holding fast a vessel or other object.

{Grappling tongs}, broad-mouthed tongs for gathering oysters. [1913 Webster]


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  • Grappling iron — Grappling Grap pling, n. 1. A laying fast ho1d of; also, that by which anything is seized and held, a grapnel. [1913 Webster] 2. A grapple; a struggle. A match for yards in fight, in grappling for the bear. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {Grappling iron} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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