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

Manafort, who served as President Trump’s campaign manager from June to August 2016, was booked into Virginia’s Alexandria Detention Center Thursday amid an ongoing courtroom tussle over his confinement. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "Manafort mugshot revealed after he's moved to new jail," 13 July 2018 Although small, the park offers a fenced-in space to tussle and play after visiting nearby pet-friendly establishments such as Green Vegetarian Cuisine or the Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden; 618 Avenue A; 210-212-7260; www.atpearl.com. Ingrid Wilgen, San Antonio Express-News, "Dog parks offer off-leash time and a place to play," 11 June 2018 Part of the conflict’s power has been to knot together many reasons people here are angry – among them poverty, political marginalization, ethnic divides, and local leadership tussles – into a kind of nebulous rage with no clear target. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "For doctor in Congo's overlooked conflict, 'crisis fatigue' isn't an option," 22 Mar. 2018 There still should be some intriguing matches, such as Friday’s tussle between Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Limit alcohol to fans, but golfers also need thicker skin," 21 Mar. 2018 An officer had fallen during a tussle with inmates and his leg had snapped, sending bone through skin. New York Times, "Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries," 17 June 2018 Leahy accumulated more than 16,000 jet orders worth $1.7 trillion during his two decades as head salesman, many of them secured in air-show tussles with Boeing Co. that saw deals sealed over a stiff drink in the wee hours. Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg.com, "New Airbus Sales Pitch Trades Swagger for Sharpened Pencils," 7 Feb. 2018 Playing his second Summer League game, the Utah Jazz rookie got into a brief tussle with Atlanta Hawks counterpart Trae Young on Thursday night. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "Rookies Grayson Allen and Trae Young scuffle during Summer League game," 6 July 2018 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

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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