verb (used without object), tus·sled, tus·sling.
- tussive fremitus,
- tussock caterpillar,
- tussock grass,
- tussock moth,
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|Olivia Nuzzi|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Without his high-school wrestling experience, she might have won the tussle.
Both Parks and Brechneff tussle with the idea of being almost insiders.Insider Outsiders: How to Write About Greece and Italy|Alexander Aciman|July 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|Anna Klassen|December 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was her way to face facts once for all, tussle with them, gain or lose, and be done with them.Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett
It is a tussle for money with them as with us, meaning power.The Celt and Saxon, Complete|George Meredith
Julia, who has her eye on Martha, and is quite enjoying this tussle of the two says nothing.Possession|Laurence Housman
George still dark, all the tussle and the misery without a word from him.A Room With A View|E. M. Forster
Suppose they had fallen out during his tussle with the bear!The Long Patrol|H. A. Cody
Word Origin 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.