wres·tling | \ˈre-sliŋ, ˈra-;ˈre-sᵊl-iŋ, ˈra-\

Definition of wrestling 

: a sport or contest in which two unarmed individuals struggle hand to hand with each attempting to subdue or unbalance the other

Examples of wrestling in a Sentence

My favorite sport is wrestling. He was on the wrestling team in high school.

Recent Examples on the Web

The wrestling is harder, the stakes are higher, and the hair is even bigger. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of June 24-30," 23 June 2018 The second new room offers a new film installation by the Italian art collective Zapruder that equated one of the 12 tasks of Hercules to competitive wrestling. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "The Gucci Garden Expands With Projects by Björk and Artist Isabella Cotier," 12 June 2018 As for the rest of the women, the wrestling is harder, the stakes are higher — and the hair is even bigger. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Season 2 Trailer Highlights Drama In and Out of the Ring," 11 June 2018 During court testimony, Brooks acknowledged being bitter at the time of the recording and said wrestling was his whole life then. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Former WWE star CM Punk wins defamation lawsuit brought by company doctor," 5 June 2018 Iranian wrestling is essentially a Persian version of baseball — Iran’s national pastime, an athletic ritual celebrated as an almost chivalrous mechanism for building character. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 Unlike Martinez, pro wrestling was something Purrazzo always wanted to do. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Women's wrestling with Martinez, Purrazzo on the RISE via Impact Wrestling initiative | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 This is destined to join a long list of historical wrestling moments and where better to hold it than at Madison Square Garden. Aaron Oster, baltimoresun.com, "Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling set for Madison Square Garden show in 2019," 13 July 2018 Gilpin has been open about how her role — which requires her to do her own wrestling stunts — has both changed her relationship with her body and empowered her overall. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GLOW' Team on Emmy Noms: Female-Led Shows Are "Not a Trend"," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of wrestling

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two people try to throw, force, or pin each other to the ground


wres·tling | \ˈre-sliŋ \

Kids Definition of wrestling

: a sport in which two opponents wrestle each other

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