Definitions for: Wrestle


[n] the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
[v] engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate; "I wrestled with this decision for years"
[v] combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force; "He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"
[v] engage in a wrestling match; "The children wrestled in the garden"
[v] to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (esp. when struggling); "The prisoner writhed in discomfort."; "The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace."



Webster (1913) Definition: Wres"tle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wrestled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Wrestling.] [OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wr?stlian,
freq. of wr?stan to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen to wrestle.
See Wrest, v. t.]
1. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or
throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.

To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that
escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him
well. --Shak.

Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of
the clavicle from the sternum. --Wiseman.

2. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.

Come, wrestle with thy affections. --Shak.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. --Eph. vi.
12.

Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled.
--M. Arnold.


Wres"tle, v. t.
To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.


Wres"tle, n.
A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the
other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a
struggle.

Whom in a wrestle the giant catching aloft, with a
terrible hug broke three of his ribs. --Milton.

Synonyms: grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, squirm, twist, worm, wrestling, wriggle, writhe

See Also: battle, combat, consider, debate, deliberate, moot, move, mudwrestle, struggle, struggle, turn over, wrench

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