wrestle


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...

[V n] What he liked to do was to take an idea and wrestle it by finding every possible consequence.

2) VERB If you wrestle with someone, you fight them by forcing them into painful positions or throwing them to the ground, rather than by hitting them. Some people wrestle as a sport.

They taught me to wrestle...

[V with n] The bridesmaids and pageboys squealed and wrestled with each other in the garden. [Also V n]

3) VERB If you wrestle a person or thing somewhere, you move them there using a lot of force, for example by twisting a part of someone's body into a painful position.

[V n prep] We had to physically wrestle the child from the man's arms...

[V n prep] The stationmaster pounced and wrestled the gun from him...

[V n prep] Marshals tried to wrestle the demonstrator out of the room.

4) See also wrestling

English dictionary. 2008.

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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 — 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 — 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