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Synonyms for grapnel

a tool consisting of several hooks for grasping and holding

a light anchor for small boats

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Equip the unit with bolt cutters (two per engineer squad), grapnels (three per engineer squad), a lane-marking kit, hand-emplaced explosives (10 per squad per lane), mine detectors, and probes.
The chief drawback to second-story techniques is that they are time-consuming, increase the time soldiers must spend in the open when buildings do not adjoin, and force us to use ladders or grapnels.
While recounting a canoeing accident caused by some faulty grapnels, Turnor maneuvers the committee into the thick of the adventure by concluding that "your Honours have been ill used" (Hearne and Turnor 268).
Iron or Steel Anchors, Grapnels and Parts Thereof (Excluding Masonry Anchors): European Union Market Outlook 2010 and Forecast till 2015
Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, huge budgets and ever-improving coordination, the foreign armada has thwarted many attacks and captured dozens of pirates, generally equipped with rudimentary skiffs, ladders and grapnels.