tussle

noun
tus·​sle | \ ˈtə-səl How to pronounce tussle (audio) \

Definition of tussle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a physical contest or struggle : scuffle
2 : an intense argument, controversy, or struggle

tussle

verb
tussled; tussling\ ˈtə-​s(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce tussle (audio) \

Definition of tussle (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to struggle roughly : scuffle

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Examples of tussle in a Sentence

Noun The suspect was arrested after a tussle with a security guard. a tussle for control of the company The President is in for another tussle with Congress. Verb The two basketball players tussled for the ball. The residents of the neighborhood tussled with city hall for years about the broken parking meters.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The legislative tussle rose from Metro’s newfound interest in selling naming rights to private companies for its stations. Washington Post, "Virginia Senate bill demands Metro change station name to include bank or lose $22 million," 23 Feb. 2021 The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco agreed Wednesday to return two ancient relics allegedly stolen from temples in Thailand, ending a months-long legal tussle with the federal government. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. Asian Art Museum agrees to return allegedly stolen Thai relics following federal lawsuit," 10 Feb. 2021 Qantas also shed light on its tussle with reborn rival Virgin Australia under the ownership of private equity firm Bain Capital. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Qantas to Start Repairing Finances by June as Local Demand Jumps," 2 Dec. 2020 The move, if taken to heart, could add a layer of economic ramifications to the deepening diplomatic tussle. Elaine Ganley, Star Tribune, "France says stop boycott calls; Erdogan ups Macron insults," 25 Oct. 2020 Still, debates linger—and are reflected in an ongoing tussle over the name of the illness. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 The immediate tussle to direct the Biden administration will be between the Washington establishment and the hard left. John Kass Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, "Can liberty survive all this 'unity'?," 21 Jan. 2021 The tussle continues until, off-camera, a single gunshot is heard, followed by screaming, before the camera moves to reveal Abu Aram lying motionless on the ground. Abeer Salman, CNN, "Israeli soldier shoots and paralyzes Palestinian man in dispute over power generator," 2 Jan. 2021 But too soon we are thrust into King’s symbolic, supernatural tussle between good and evil, involving a few too many characters and subplots, up to and including the heist of a nuclear bomb. Washington Post, "A new TV version of ‘The Stand’ pits good against evil after a deadly pandemic. Been there, done that.," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The brawlin’ cowpokes burst through the wall, tussle with the chorus boys, and eventually spill out into present-day Hollywood at large, coloring the world with their slapstick Roger Rabbit-leaving-Toontown routine. Alison Willmore, Vulture, "The 101 Greatest Endings in Movies History," 22 Feb. 2021 Two parties, Movement for Democracy and the African Party for the Independence of Cabo Verde tussle it for the leadership of the nation. Stephen Kafeero, Quartz Africa, "These are the key African elections to watch in 2021," 13 Jan. 2021 The governor no doubt expected to tussle with legislators this year about defining the boundaries of his executive authority, especially after an embarrassing rebuke in the fall by a state judge. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "Five things to watch in California politics in 2021," 4 Jan. 2021 In the film – Spain's choice to tussle for the international Oscar – Rosa yearns for normalcy yet Higinio's crippling paranoia turns his need to stay hidden into a choice rather than a necessity. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "What to stream this weekend: Netflix's 'Operation Christmas Drop,' 'Proxima,' 'Triggered'," 6 Nov. 2020 Now, two teams that have plenty of momentum are poised to tussle in Columbia. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Kentucky-Missouri live stream (10/24): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 24 Oct. 2020 The ruling represents the latest development in a criminal case that has taken unusual twists and turns over the last year and prompted a separation of powers tussle involving a veteran federal judge and the Trump administration. Arkansas Online, "Appeals court keeps Flynn case alive, won't order dismissal," 31 Aug. 2020 Woods and Mickelson will play another early, mostly meaningless round Sunday, long before the contenders tussle for a major championship. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson play out the string in PGA Championship at Harding Park," 8 Aug. 2020 Operating under harsh financial pressures, the ship likely left port ill-equipped to tussle with a tropical tempest, explains Barnette to USA Today’s Joel Shannon. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Ship Rediscovered After Disappearing Near Bermuda Triangle 95 Years Ago," 3 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of tussle

Noun

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tussle

Verb

Middle English (Scots) tussillen, frequentative of Middle English -tusen, -tousen to tousle — more at touse

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Last Updated

4 Mar 2021

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“Tussle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussle. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for tussle

tussle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tussle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short fight or struggle
: an argument or a dispute

tussle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tussle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fight or struggle with someone by grabbing or pushing
: to argue or compete with someone

tussle

noun
tus·​sle | \ ˈtə-səl How to pronounce tussle (audio) \

Kids Definition of tussle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a short fight or struggle
2 : a rough argument or a struggle against difficult odds

tussle

verb
tussled; tussling

Kids Definition of tussle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to struggle roughly : scuffle
2 : to argue or compete with

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