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wrangle

[rang-guh l]
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verb (used without object), wran·gled, wran·gling.
  1. to argue or dispute, especially in a noisy or angry manner.
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verb (used with object), wran·gled, wran·gling.
  1. to argue or dispute.
  2. to tend or round up (cattle, horses, or other livestock).
  3. to obtain, often by contrivance or scheming; wangle: He wrangled a job through a friend.
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noun
  1. a noisy or angry dispute; altercation.
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Origin of wrangle

1350–1400; Middle English, apparently < Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen to struggle, make an uproar; akin to wring
Related formsout·wran·gle, verb (used with object), out·wran·gled, out·wran·gling.un·wran·gling, adjective
Can be confusedwangle wrangle

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1, 5. quarrel, brawl. 5. argument.
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  • They wrangled on the doorstep until it was late, but she would not yield to him.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Their home had become a regular shambles where they wrangled the whole day long.

    L'Assommoir

    Emile Zola

  • They wrangled back and forth, covering the same ground time and again.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • On the road to Hatton Garden we wrangled nearly all the way.

  • They were tired, and under the guise of unselfishness they wrangled.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster


British Dictionary definitions for wrangled

wrangle

verb
  1. (intr) to argue, esp noisily or angrily
  2. (tr) to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument
  3. (tr) Western US and Canadian to herd (cattle or horses)
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noun
  1. a noisy or angry argument
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Word Origin

C14: from Low German wrangeln; related to Norwegian vrangla
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Word Origin and History for wrangled

wrangle

v.

late 14c., from Low German wrangeln "to dispute, to wrestle," related to Middle Low German wringen, from Proto-Germanic *wrang-, from PIE *wrengh-, nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn" (see wring). Related: Wrangled; wrangling. The noun is recorded from 1540s.

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