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wrangle

[rang-guh l] /ˈræŋ gəl/
verb (used without object), wrangled, wrangling.
1.
to argue or dispute, especially in a noisy or angry manner.
verb (used with object), wrangled, wrangling.
2.
to argue or dispute.
3.
to tend or round up (cattle, horses, or other livestock).
4.
to obtain, often by contrivance or scheming; wangle:
He wrangled a job through a friend.
noun
5.
a noisy or angry dispute; altercation.
Origin of wrangle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, apparently < Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen to struggle, make an uproar; akin to wring
Related forms
outwrangle, verb (used with object), outwrangled, outwrangling.
unwrangling, adjective
Can be confused
wangle, wrangle.
Synonyms
1, 5. quarrel, brawl. 5. argument.
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Examples from the Web for wrangling
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  • We have a few moments to spare; let us not waste them in talk like wrangling women.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • "In God's name let us keep from wrangling," the Duke besought them.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Harris, wrangling with another workman, was now seen approaching.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade
  • There was riot, wrangling, hubbub and cursing, till the hour of evening prayer.

    General Gordon J. Wardle
  • War came on while governors and assemblies were wrangling to no purpose.

British Dictionary definitions for wrangling

wrangle

/ˈræŋɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to argue, esp noisily or angrily
2.
(transitive) to encourage, persuade, or obtain by argument
3.
(transitive) (Western US & Canadian) to herd (cattle or horses)
noun
4.
a noisy or angry argument
Word Origin
C14: from Low German wrangeln; related to Norwegian vrangla
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Word Origin and History for wrangling

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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