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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His digressive and frequently hilarious explorations of subjects like sumo wrestling, tigers in India, The X-Files, and Queen Elizabeth II recall the work of John Jeremiah Sullivan and the late David Foster Wallace, with a dash of Janet Malcolm. Vogue, "Looking for Something to Read? Here Are 4 New Books Vogue Editors Are Loving Right Now," 26 Oct. 2018 But pro-wrestling, which features choreographed fights in front of fans who cheer heroes and boo villains, was always a tough sell in the investor community. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "No Longer on the Ropes, WWE Has More Upside," 28 Aug. 2018 The church’s Junior Olympics includes 14 events, such as volleyball, wrestling, and track and field. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "'Greeks know Greeks': Orthodox youths from across Midwest compete in Palos Hills," 30 May 2018 After spending a week at this cathedral of wrestling, the native Californian has headed back out West. Alan Dymock, CNN, "Todd Clever: Former US rugby captain turns to WWE," 24 Apr. 2018 It was purchased from the @Wrestling4Sale Instagram, an account that deals vintage wrestling clothing. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bad Bunny Is the Goofy Fashion Heartthrob We Need Now," 28 Nov. 2018 At Washington State, Hitchcock had a 97-4 wrestling record and played in the 1956 East-West Shrine football game. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Dustin Wolf posts shutout as Everett scores 4-0 victory over Calgary in WHL action," 20 Nov. 2018 If your child is taught English, science, and math by the assistant wrestling coach, your kids are not going to be able to compete at the collegiate level, and that’s just a fact. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Democrats are banking on a pro-coal, pro-teachers strike candidate to deliver for them in Trump country," 23 July 2018 An Army veteran, wounded in combat, runs the wrestling show. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Great Lakes goes all out with two nights of fireworks," 19 June 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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