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In silence he helped the Capataz to get the grapnel on board.

They slept fairly and, at daybreak, got up the grapnel and hoisted the sail again.

To my great delight, over came the grapnel, nearly falling on our heads.

We thought we could get over this difficulty by wrapping the grapnel in cotton wool.

Rectus carried the rope, and I had the grapnel, wrapped in its cotton wool.

A grapnel was hove on to the rocks, and there she lay as snug as any on board could desire.

Tony Weston hauled in the grapnel, and stowed it in the fore-sheets.

Just as this distribution was made, the pirates cast their grapnel.

That which is bent to the grapnel by which a boat rides, now substituted by chain.

“Grapnel,” was the reply; and Vince began to rub the small of his back softly.

WORD ORIGIN

"small hook," late 14c., Anglo-French diminutive of grapon, from Old French grapil, grapin "hook," diminutive of grape "hook" (see grape). Earlier form was grapel (see grapple).

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