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 tussling (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 That tussle was instrumental in moving China’s internet giants beyond looking only at personal computers for building their user bases, according to Tencent Biography. Echo Huang, Quartz, "WeChat is setting a blueprint for the world’s social networks," 29 Oct. 2019 Freeport, for instance, could almost double BHP’s copper production, and has a lot less political risk attached now the long tussle with Jakarta over Grasberg is over. Washington Post, "BHP Should Stand Pat on Copper," 27 Sep. 2019 So as candidates all tussle for a break-out moment, remember that there are some major incentives to be the candidate everyone's talking about when the dust settles. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, "What's at stake at the Democratic presidential debate? Lots of money," 13 Sep. 2019 Beijing’s 5% levy on American crude oil marks the first time the fuel has been in the crosshairs since the world’s two biggest economies began their tussle over trade more than a year ago. Charlie Campbell/beijing, Time, "As the U.S.-China Trade War Escalates, Pocketbooks Feel the Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 The striker was infamously shut out in a simply stellar showing from the defender when Juventus travelled to Wembley for the second leg of their Champions League tussle with Spurs in March 2018. SI.com, "Giorgio Chiellini: Hopefully it's Not the End for One of This Generation's Greatest Defenders," 2 Sep. 2019 Their maternal tussle is exciting, no matter how problematic. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Ben Kingsley makes ‘Spider’ special; John Travolta in ‘The Fanatic,’ and more," 29 Aug. 2019 Despite their legal tussles, the broader family is striving to hold together, said Cristal Franklin, another cousin. Steve Friess, New York Times, "A Year Later, the Fight Over Aretha Franklin’s Estate Deepens," 21 Aug. 2019 Querrey is another who'll be watching their tussle. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Roger Federer to face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semifinal," 10 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Antifascists in black tussled with far-right groups in Berkeley, Calif., in 2017, and vocal opposition led right-wing groups to cancel protests in the San Francisco Bay area. The Washington Post, al, "Man in MAGA hat sprays bear repellent on Trump protesters, police say," 21 Oct. 2019 The players tussled as Troutman ran downfield to cover a Louisville punt before Booth threw him to the turf around the Clemson 20. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawrence leads No. 3 Clemson to 45-10 rout of Louisville," 19 Oct. 2019 The two reportedly tussled over issues related to their adjoining villas in an upscale neighborhood of Zurich to Khan’s career prospects after a corporate reorganization that saw two colleagues elevated. Fortune, "Surveillance and Suicide in Switzerland: Credit Suisse COO Resigns Over Corporate Spying Scandal," 1 Oct. 2019 At the same time, the city has also been tussling e-bike company Wheels. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego threatens to boot Lime, scooter company says city isn’t playing fair," 20 Aug. 2019 There’s a reason that celebrities, moguls, investors and even royals have been tussling over the mountaintop parcel for nearly half a century. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "In Beverly Hills, the Mountain’s fate looms as foreclosure auction gets delayed," 15 Aug. 2019 In Orlando, two protesters — one black and the other Latino — tussled with a crowd after shouting at the candidate a few feet away from his lectern. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Before Trump warned that Maxine Waters had ‘called for harm,’ he told supporters he’d like to punch a protester," 25 June 2018 Candidates briefly tussled over components of the Green New Deal, an ambitious plan to combat climate change proposed by Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Adam Edelman, NBC News, "What's the Green New Deal, and where do candidates stand on it?," 1 Aug. 2019 In the days leading up to Wednesday’s debate, Biden tussled with Harris’s and Cory Booker’s campaigns over Biden’s role in crafting tough-on-crime laws in the 1980s and 1990s. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Status Quo Joe," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tussle was in 1629

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tussle

noun
How to pronounce tussle (audio)

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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