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tussle

noun tus·sle \ ˈtə-səl \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

Definition of tussle

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

Examples of tussle in a Sentence

  1. The suspect was arrested after a tussle with a security guard.

  2. a tussle for control of the company

  3. The President is in for another tussle with Congress.

Recent Examples of tussle from the Web

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First Known Use of tussle

1629

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tussle

verb

Definition of tussle

tussled; tussling play \-s(ə-)liŋ\
: to struggle roughly : scuffle

Examples of tussle in a Sentence

  1. The two basketball players tussled for the ball.

  2. The residents of the neighborhood tussled with city hall for years about the broken parking meters.

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Origin and Etymology of tussle

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


TUSSLE Defined for English Language Learners

tussle

Definition of tussle for English Language Learners

  • : a short fight or struggle

  • : an argument or a dispute


tussle

Definition of tussle for English Language Learners

  • : to fight or struggle with someone by grabbing or pushing

  • : to argue or compete with someone


TUSSLE Defined for Kids

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tussle

noun tus·sle \ ˈtə-səl \

Definition of tussle for Students

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

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tussle

verb

Definition of tussle for Students

tussled; tussling
1 : to struggle roughly : scuffle
2 : to argue or compete with


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