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

The gubernatorial fight has shaped up to feature an interesting tussle among progressive and establishment Democrats. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Live results for the 2018 Michigan primary elections," 7 Aug. 2018 Banks has had public tussles in the past with Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Cardi B, and deactivated from Twitter in June after insulting Monét X Change, a RuPaul’s Drag Race competitor. Bridget Read, Vogue, "What’s Going On With Azealia Banks, Grimes, and Elon Musk?," 14 Aug. 2018 USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW – Alexi Lalas never treads lightly with his television analysis and is no stranger to stoking the ire of punchy soccer fans spoiling for a Twitter tussle. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Be careful how you answer," 14 June 2018 Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s technology newsletter Khosrowshahi’s comments were a bit of a surprise, considering Uber and Alphabet only recently put aside a legal tussle over whether Uber intentionally stole Waymo’s self-driving car secrets. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Uber CEO Wants Waymo's Self-Driving Cars to Pick You Up," 31 May 2018 Favorite Twitter tussle/controversy you've been involved in? Danielle Stein Chizzik, Town & Country, "13 Questions for John Podhoretz, a.k.a the Larry David of Twitter," 21 Apr. 2016 In a key political victory, a Superior Court judge has ordered that former state Rep. Vickie Nardello must be placed on the Aug. 14 primary ballot for state Senate after a tussle with the secretary of the state’s office. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Judge Orders Former Rep. Vickie Nardello's Name Be Put On State Senate Primary Ballot After Paperwork Error," 11 July 2018 Neymar was starting to showcase his talents but he was left writhing in pain after a tussle with second-half replacement Miguel Layun. Justin Davis, chicagotribune.com, "Stylish Neymar steers Brazil past Mexico and into World Cup quarters," 2 July 2018 Photo: Associated Press The arrest of Huawei’s Ms. Meng while changing planes in Vancouver on Dec. 1 has thrown China and Canada into a diplomatic tussle. Josh Chin, WSJ, "‘No Coincidence’: China’s Detention of Canadian Seen as Retaliation for Huawei Arrest," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The player was shown red after tussling with Wilfried Zaha while chasing down a ball during the match and was quite unhappy with the decision. SI.com, "Marc Albrighton Charged With Misconduct Following Sending Off Against Crystal Palace," 1 May 2018 Russia also has increased arms and commercial trade with Iran’s regional arch rivals, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and continues to tussle with Iran over rights to natural resources in the Caspian Sea. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Russia and Iran, Military Allies, Are Fast Becoming Economic Rivals," 23 Sep. 2018 Aramco executives also have tussled with PIF over the price of Sabic, further complicating the deal. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Aramco Abandons Plan for Massive Corporate-Bond Sales to Fund Sabic Deal," 19 Nov. 2018 For example, corporate America and regulators have tussled over regulations that require companies to disclose the ratio between CEO and worker pay and that make them disclose whether conflict minerals are in their supply chain. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Donald Trump’s sudden interest in quarterly earnings reports, explained," 19 Aug. 2018 Six Democrats tussled for a chance at the House seat being vacated by Ellison, who became the first Muslim elected to Congress in 2006. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Women Continue to Make History in an Election Year That's Already Shattering Records," 15 Aug. 2018 As Clayton Kershaw tussled with the Pirates on Tuesday evening, Dodgers rookie Walker Buehler completed the first step on his reconfigured route back to the majors. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Walker Buehler completes first leg of journey back to Dodgers," 4 July 2018 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

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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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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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