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.

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Forty-five minutes of sumo wrestling has caused me five years of back pain, so ... Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Recode Decode," 2 Nov. 2018 Carmen, played by Britney Young, quickly becomes a respected member of the GLOW crew because of her physical agility and knowledge of wrestling. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "10 Body Positive Shows to Watch," 5 Sep. 2018 The Times engages in casual exaggeration, such as referring flippantly to the oceans boiling, in place of wrestling with the hard problem of evidence. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Fuel-Mileage Rules Are No Help to the Climate," 3 Aug. 2018 Mixed martial arts is a competitive sport that includes elements of wrestling, boxing, jiu-jitsu, and kick boxing. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Leon Tabbs, 86, renowned cut man in boxing," 2 July 2018 That turns it into almost a collection of comedic sketches occasionally interspersed with wrestling matches — not unlike the TV show within the show. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "GLOW season 2 is less than the sum of its parts. But those parts are amazing.," 29 June 2018 Live bands will perform, special wrestling matches will be held and an all-American meal pass will be available. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "More bang for buck at Six Flags 4th Fest," 18 June 2018 Brooks rose from the world of independent professional wrestling to become one of WWE’s biggest stars, holding the company’s top championship for more than a year before leaving WWE abruptly following the January 2014 Royal Rumble. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Former WWE star CM Punk wins defamation lawsuit brought by company doctor," 5 June 2018 Nowhere is La Paz’s curious dominance of women so pronounced as at cholita wrestling matches, held near El Alto market on Sunday and Thursday nights. New York Times, "Place 9 of 52: The Paradox of the Women of La Paz," 17 Apr. 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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