I want to say "using a grapple hook" as a verb. In context it would be like "sprinting, jumping, grapple hooking"—but that doesn't sound right. Is it correct? If not, is there a way to say it as a verb?

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    Google suggests that "grappling hook" is the more normal usage, but I don't it can be easily verbed. Perhaps you could try "sprinting, jumping, and flinging her grappling hook".. – Thruston Mar 26 '13 at 22:57
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    @Thruston: I agree. Even if you can make a verb from a noun, it doesn't mean you should. "Verbing weirds language." – Tim Lymington Mar 26 '13 at 23:06
  • Could it be related to grapple tackle? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapple_tackle – Andrew Grimm Mar 27 '13 at 4:17
  • @TimLymington: Doesn't mean you shouldn't, either. There's nothing wrong with fly fishing. Which by Thruston's logic would probably be flying fishing. – FumbleFingers Mar 27 '13 at 4:19
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    @Jim You obviously haven't played many computer games recently. – user867 Mar 27 '13 at 6:51

In a "composite verb" to mean hooking with a grapple hook, the verb component is to hook [with something], so the present participle must be grapple-hooking.

I can't actually find a written instance of OP's exact form, but here's

Rugby, however, had so grapple-hooked the Welsh psyche that, [blah blah].

...which illustrates the general principle (a verb is a verb is a verb). It's really a matter of style whether you include the hyphen or not, but I think most people would prefer it to be there.

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    +1 Thanks for pointing out the all-too-common tendency to ignore what the actual verb is. – John M. Landsberg Mar 26 '13 at 23:38

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