tussle

noun
tus·sle | \ ˈtə-səl \

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 \

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

If passed there, it would then be put to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who has his own history of bridge-naming tussles. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Verrazano? With an Extra Z," 7 June 2018 The move is part of an unprecedented four-way tussle in a normally merger-averse industry. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "California Water Takes SJW Offer Public," 26 Apr. 2018 After his wife Kim Kardashian and his former collaborator Rhymefest engaged in a heated tussle on Twitter last week in regards to Donda's House, a new report indicates that Kanye West hasn't been involved with the charity in the last two years. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "New Documents Show That Kanye West Is No Longer Involved With Chicago Charity Donda's House," 4 June 2018 Vettel reduced Hamilton’s championship lead from 17 points to 14 in an intriguing championship tussle. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "Ricciardo holds nerve to win Monaco GP despite power loss," 27 May 2018 The latest came when Kate Ostaszewski and Co. blanked Lansdale Catholic, 1-0, in a low-scoring tussle Friday afternoon at La Salle University. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Archbishop Ryan nips Lansdale Catholic to earn Catholic League softball title," 25 May 2018 In a more discreet tussle within the ruling Democratic Party, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni won the endorsement of ex-premier Romano Prodi at a rally in Bologna, a leftist stronghold, on Saturday. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Berlusconi Coalition Shows Cracks as Leaders Skip Unity Rally," 18 Feb. 2018 Comcast upped its offer to buy Sky, topping an offer from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, the latest twist in an international M&A tussle. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber’s head of HR resigns after accusations of mishandling racial discrimination," 12 July 2018 The honey badger, known for being an aggressive animal, got into a tussle with an antelope at Etosha National Park in Namibia. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Antelope sends honey badger flying in epic fight," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Lawmakers have tussled over how big a role the federal government should play in state elections and whether to include new funding for state election security. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Election security legislation may be gaining steam in Congress," 12 July 2018 Galloway, who is running for re-election this fall, has tussled previously with Greitens. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Two private lawyers helping Greitens on impeachment cost state total of $660 an hour | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Cut to little more than three months later: CBS and National Amusements were tussling as lawyers working under the direction of their headstrong leaders filed motions against each other. New York Times, "CBS Tries to Sell Its TV Dramas as Its Own Battle Heats Up in Court," 16 May 2018 In 2016, PillPack publicly tussled with Express Scripts after the benefit manager excluded the start-up from its mail-order network, saying that PillPack had misrepresented itself as a brick-and-mortar company. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "Why Amazon’s Push Into Prescription Drugs Isn’t a Guaranteed Success," 2 July 2018 Apart from that, Spain and Portugal tussled out a thrilling 3-3 tie. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Sorry soccer haters, but this World Cup is absolutely awesome," 25 June 2018 World energy ministers representing about two thirds of the global population tussled over how the world can achieve a cleaner energy future. Jonathan Gilbert, Bloomberg.com, "A Greener Future Starts With Natural Gas, World Energy Chiefs Say," 16 June 2018 At one point, Sintay grabbed the phone, tussled with its owner and ran off — perhaps not realizing that his movements were still being streamed on Facebook Live. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "Charges filed against Oakland’s ‘Jogger Joe’ as case shows immense power of shared videos," 13 June 2018 In the meantime, these players will tussle for playing time elsewhere. Larry Holder, NOLA.com, "Saints finally stable at linebacker, but who plays where?," 15 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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