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 The tussle was as much about politics as economics. Time, "Netanyahu’s Coalition Government Collapses After Budget Bill Failure – Triggering Israel’s 4th Election in 2 Years," 23 Dec. 2020 This time, Mogollon, after an early defensive tussle, broke out to an 18-0 lead with three touchdown passes. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Mogollon completes unbeaten football season with 1A championship," 30 Nov. 2020 After conducting a sobriety test, a tussle ensued, which was caught on video. Washington Examiner, "Fired Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks sues city," 5 Aug. 2020 The tussle over travel and trade came as scientists in Britain and around the world scrambled to assess the impact of the new mutation of coronavirus, first spotted in England. Washington Post, "France to allow limited border reopening, but thousands of trucks remain stranded in U.K. amid coronavirus mutation fears," 22 Dec. 2020 The outcome of that tussle could either favor the more restrictive NCAA view or the more expansive view from states such as California, which has led the challenge. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Supreme Court to Hear NCAA Antitrust Case on College-Athlete Compensation," 16 Dec. 2020 As leaders from across the globe began a virtual summit discussing issues from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change, Donald Trump’s thoughts were elsewhere -- on the tussle over the U.S. election. John Follain, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Tweets About Voter ‘Fraud’ During G-20 Opening Meeting," 21 Nov. 2020 Steelers by 3 Joe Burrow's grittiness and Ben Roethlisberger's tussle with the league's COVID-19 protocol is going to make this game closer than eight points. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Mark Craig's Week 10 NFL picks against the spread," 12 Nov. 2020 The book does address, harrowingly, Dreesen’s battle a few years ago with colon cancer and how that informed his recent tussle with COVID-19. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Catching up with the life and times (and COVID battle) of comic Tom Dreesen, who has written a memoir ‘Still Standing’," 19 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Operating under harsh financial pressures, the ship likely left port ill-equipped to tussle with a tropical tempest, explains Barnette to USA Today’s Joel Shannon. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Lost Ship Rediscovered After Disappearing Near Bermuda Triangle 95 Years Ago," 3 Feb. 2020 Once officers attempted to handcuff the father of four, Brooks, who had been drinking, began to tussle with cops. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Atlanta Officer Charged In Rayshard Brooks’s Death Turns Himself In," 18 June 2020 Snapchat is the latest social media platform to tussle with President Trump’s more troubling posts. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The digital transformation is no joke," 4 June 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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Time Traveler for tussle

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The first known use of tussle was in 1629

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tussle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tussle. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for tussle

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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