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to grapple with
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Grapple \Grap"ple\, v. i. To use a grapple; to contend in close fight; to attach one's self as if by a grapple, as in wrestling; to close; to seize one another. [1913 Webster] To grapple with, to enter into contest with, resolutely and courageously. [1913 Webster] And in my standard bear the arms of York, To grapple with the house of Lancaster. --Shak. [1913 Webster]