- to struggle or fight roughly or vigorously; wrestle; scuffle.
- a rough physical contest or struggle; scuffle.
- any vigorous or determined struggle, conflict, etc.: I had quite a tussle with that chemistry exam.
Origin of tussle
Examples from the Web for tussle
But first, there's a tussle with the senior senator from Arizona to take care of.Rand Paul Eats Up Hoax That John McCain Met With ISIS
September 17, 2014
They would rustle and tussle it for like three minutes and that was it!OITNB’s New Villain Vee, Played By Lorraine Toussaint, Speaks for the First Time
June 13, 2014
Without his high-school wrestling experience, she might have won the tussle.The Moment Kurt Cobain Met Courtney Love
Charles R. Cross
April 5, 2014
Both Parks and Brechneff tussle with the idea of being almost insiders.Insider Outsiders: How to Write About Greece and Italy
July 6, 2013
In the film, we watch as Gollum gets in a tussle with his next meal, an unsuspecting goblin.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
December 14, 2012
Jim-the-ladder has been a prize-fighter in his day, and there was a tussle.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
Just a bit of a tussle now and then to keep you from dropping off.The Manxman
Lydia didn't want him to tussle, but she did want him at the top.The Prisoner
I came upon it from a tussle with the sea—and I was young—and I saw it looking at me.Youth
Then, perhaps, there might be a tussle between them as to which should have his own way,—or hers.Kept in the Dark
- (intr) to fight or wrestle in a vigorous way; struggle
- a vigorous fight; scuffle; struggle
Word Origin and History for tussle
late 15c., Scottish and northern English variant of touselen (see tousle). Related: Tussled; tussling. The noun is first recorded 1620s but rare before 19c.