Wrestle
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 striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully. [1913 Webster]

To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him well. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum. --Wiseman. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend. [1913 Webster]

Come, wrestle with thy affections. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. --Eph. vi. 12. [1913 Webster]

Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled. --M. Arnold. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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 — 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… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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

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