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 Belly revolves around a tussle between good and bad, light and dark. Jordan Coley, Vulture, "Belly Is the FUBU of American Cinema, and That’s Why I Love It," 14 Apr. 2021 What was billed as a tussle between two giants turned quickly into a two-brother beatdown. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Andy Enfield guides USC’s rise out of obscurity and into Sweet 16," 22 Mar. 2021 In opposing the bill, some Republicans make good points on the perennial tussle between federal and state power and on the question of whether curbing campaign spending infringes on freedom of speech. Stephen Collinson With Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, "Battles that will define US elections in 2022, 2024 and beyond are already here," 3 Mar. 2021 Now Flossi and Hope, both with histories of abuse, romp and tussle in the Elkridge town house their owners bought. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "These Howard County families opened their hearts and their homes to foster dogs during COVID-19 pandemic," 13 Apr. 2021 Paul punched Raymond in the face during a tussle, knocking his acrylic dentures from his mouth, the complaint says. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "Brothers sue two Fort Lauderdale police officers over forceful arrest," 7 Apr. 2021 Amid the tussle, Shockey fell backward, and two other officers rushed over. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "In former Klan country, one Black woman decides she’s had enough," 31 Mar. 2021 That’s when police say a pocket knife fell out of Blake’s pants during a tussle. Ashlee Banks, Essence, "Jacob Blake Files Excessive Force Lawsuit Against Kenosha Officer Who Shot Him," 26 Mar. 2021 Many long-haulers are still lining up for vaccination, in hope of guarding against a future tussle with the coronavirus and a more severe bout of disease. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Long-Haulers Are Pushing the Limits of COVID-19 Vaccines," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The feudal houses of Barzani and Talabani—which fought a civil war in the 1990s over UN aid—now tussle over trade routes. The Economist, "The Kurdish spring did not happen," 10 Apr. 2021 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

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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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3 May 2021

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“Tussle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussle. Accessed 13 May. 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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