wrestle


wrestle
wrestle, tussle, grapple, scuffle mean to struggle with an opponent at close quarters.
Wrestle basically implies a struggle for mastery by gripping with hands, arms, and legs, often in ways governed by fixed rules; the term connotes the exercise of skill and ingenuity as well as strength. In its extended use wrestle also implies a struggle for mastery, but it may suggest either a striving for superiority or for a particular advantage or a laborious effort (as in understanding, in seeking, or in overcoming)
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compelled to wrestle with the increasing difficulties of his office

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the perfectionist's instinct for wrestling with a problem until he had shaped it to his mental image— Kolodin

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the man who has never wrestled with his early faith . . . has missed not only a moral but an intellectual discipline— Ellis

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Tussle also suggests a struggle for mastery, but it implies determination rather than skill or ingenuity and willingness to accept the rough-and-tumble conditions of such a struggle
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the boys tussled long and hard

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tussle with a problem in mathematics

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a strong man who could tussle with evil and conquer— Caspary

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Grapple stresses the action of taking hold of or coming to grips with; the term carries a stronger implication of being in a position to gain the mastery and, usually, of a successful struggle
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grappled with his assailant, pinning one of his arms behind him

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the architect has grappled with more problems than one need hope to see solved in any single church— Henry Adams

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it has been mainly the academicians who have attempted to grapple with the . . . intricacies of Joyce's mysticism of the flesh— Mailer

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Scuffle may imply brief, confused, usually not very serious fighting involving much scrambling and noise
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boys scuffled with each other in the schoolyard

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It may suggest hurry or superficiality in overcoming difficulties
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you go to school and scuffle on the best way you can— Runciman

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Analogous words: *contend, fight, battle, war: *resist, withstand, combat, oppose: strive, endeavor, essay (see ATTEMPT): labor, toil, travail (see corresponding nouns at WORK) wretched *miserable
Analogous words: *despondent, forlorn, hopeless, despairing: doleful, dolorous, *melancholy: abject, sordid, *mean: pitiable, piteous, *pitiful wring vb *wrench, wrest
Analogous words: *press, squeeze: *crush, mash, smash, bruise: extract, extort, elicit (see EDUCE): distort, contort (see DEFORM): twist, bend (see CURVE)

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  • Wrestle — Wres tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Wrestled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrestling}.] [OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wr?stlian, freq. of wr?stan to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen to wrestle. See {Wrest}, v. t.] [1913 Webster] 1. To contend, by grappling with, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrestle — [res′əl; ] often [ ras′əl] vi. wrestled, wrestling [ME wrestlen, wrastlen < OE wræstlian, freq. of wræstan, to twist: see WREST] 1. to struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without… …   English World dictionary

  • Wrestle — Wres tle, v. t. To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrestle — Wres tle, n. A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle. [1913 Webster] Whom in a wrestle the giant catching aloft, with a terrible hug broke three of his ribs. Milton …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrestle — index compete, grapple Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wrestle — (v.) O.E. *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan to wrest (see WREST (Cf. wrest)). Cf. N.Fris. wrassele, M.L.G. worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling …   Etymology dictionary

  • wrestle — [v] struggle physically or mentally with something battle, combat, contend, endeavor, essay, exert, fight, grapple, grunt, scuffle, strain, strive, tangle, tussle, work; concepts 17,191,208 …   New thesaurus

  • wrestle — ► VERB 1) take part in a fight or contest that involves close grappling with one s opponent. 2) struggle with a difficulty or problem. 3) extract or manipulate (an object) with difficulty and some physical effort. ► NOUN 1) a wrestling bout or… …   English terms dictionary

  • wrestle — [[t]re̱s(ə)l[/t]] wrestles, wrestling, wrestled 1) VERB When you wrestle with a difficult problem, you try to deal with it. [V with n] Delegates wrestled with the problems of violence and sanctions... [V with n] We re wrestling with a recession …   English dictionary

  • wrestle — UK [ˈres(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms wrestle : present tense I/you/we/they wrestle he/she/it wrestles present participle wrestling past tense wrestled past participle wrestled 1) to fight by holding and pushing someone but …   English dictionary