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Grabble vs Struggle - What's the difference?

grabble | struggle |

As verbs the difference between grabble and struggle

is that grabble is to search with one's hands and fingers; to grope while struggle is to strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for'' or ''against ), to contend.

As a noun struggle is

strife, contention, great effort.




  • To search with one's hands and fingers; to grope.
  • A few hollow groans from the wardrobe, he thought, would be more than sufficient, or, if that failed to wake her, he might grabble''' at the counterpane with palsy-twitching fingers.'' - ' 1887 ,
    He puts his hands into his pockets, and keeps a-grabbling and fumbling. — Selden.
  • To lie prostrate on the belly; to sprawl on the ground; to grovel.
  • (Ainsworth)





    Alternative forms

    * (l), (l) (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • Strife, contention, great effort.
  • *, chapter=23
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The struggle with ways and means had recommenced, more difficult now a hundredfold than it had been before, because of their increasing needs. Their income disappeared as a little rivulet that is swallowed by the thirsty ground. He worked night and day to supplement it.}}


  • To strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for'' or ''against ), to contend.
  • :
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=Tom Fordyce, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , passage=England were ponderous with ball in hand, their runners static when taking the ball and their lines obvious, while their front row struggled badly in the scrum.}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-28, author=(Joris Luyendijk)
  • , volume=189, issue=3, page=21, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Our banks are out of control , passage=Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.}}
  • To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  • Usage notes

    * This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive . See