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tussle

[ tuhs-uhl ]
/ ˈtʌs əl /
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verb (used without object), tus·sled, tus·sling.

to struggle or fight roughly or vigorously; wrestle; scuffle.

noun

a rough physical contest or struggle; scuffle.
any vigorous or determined struggle, conflict, etc.: I had quite a tussle with that chemistry exam.

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Origin of tussle

1425–75; late Middle English (north and Scots ) tusillen, derivative (see -le) of tusen to touse
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tussle
/ (ˈtʌsəl) /

verb

(intr) to fight or wrestle in a vigorous way; struggle

noun

a vigorous fight; scuffle; struggle

Word Origin for tussle

C15: related to Old High German zūsen; see tousle
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