Death grapple

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Death grapple a grapple or struggle for life.
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Usage

In literature:

As they crashed down together in a furious death grapple, a second Apache came scrambling in over the cliff edge.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
His rattling chains with terror hear, Behold death grappling with despair!
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
Oaths flew from foaming lips, and men grappled in the embrace that ended only in death!
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He fights his enemy for laying his ship alongside and grappling him to the death.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Here we saw that most noble and pathetic presentment of Death, grappled with, and almost conquered, in the statue of the Dying Gladiator.
"Fair Italy, the Riviera and Monte Carlo" by W. Cope Devereux
The man who fell stood alone grappling Death and Hell, fought and lost his battle once.
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
It was a death grapple, with decisive victory on neither side.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene
The mortal foes joined in a death-grapple in the waters, often sinking together beneath the ruffled surface.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
In 496 the Franks were at death grapple with their German foes at Tolbiac.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Then did those doughty giants close and grapple together in the wrestle for life and death.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
Let him step out, let him grapple with Multnomah in the death-grapple, and see.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
Here Spaniard and Floridian grappled in the death struggle up to their waists in water.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
These men were going into battle, into a death grapple.
"Beyond the Frontier" by Randall Parrish
Jose and Julio were locked in a death grapple.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Two hours passed in sidling and shifting; then the death grapple began.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
The elephant, in a death grapple, was trying to shake off his ghastly enemy.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
He clutched my collar and we grappled in a death struggle.
"The Brown Fairy Book" by Andrew Lang
It was truly the death-grapple of the lion and the serpent.
"Tales from "Blackwood"" by Various
It was the crouching of tigers before the death grapple.
"The Third Day at Stone's River" by Gilbert C. Kniffin
He found her lying on the bed in the next room, grappling with death.
"Johnny Ludlow, Fourth Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
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In poetry:

Right and Wrong,--both cannot live
Death-grappled. Which shall we see?
Strike! only Justice can give
Safety to all that shall be.
"God's Vengeance" by John Hay
The dog lifted muzzle, and sniffed;
He quitted his couch on the rug,
Nose to floor, nose aloft; whined, barked;
And, finding the signals unmarked,
Caught a hand in a death-grapple tug.
"To Children: For Tyrants" by George Meredith

In news:

Thank you for providing a space for our community to express our sadness over the recent tragic deaths of two of our community members and to grapple with the complex need of our less fortunate neighbors.
A small Ohio community grapples with the death of a third student after a school shooting.
A boy and his family grapple with mom's death.
US grapples with deaths of innocent kids.
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