- to engage in wrestling.
- to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple: to wrestle with one's conscience.
- to contend with in wrestling.
- to force by or as if by wrestling.
- to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
- an act of or a bout at wrestling.
- a struggle.
Origin of wrestle
Examples from the Web for wrestle
She squinted, blinked sporadically, and tilted her head, as if straining to wrestle answers from her brain.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
“We do have to wrestle with the fact that the army already has them on the ground,” she said.Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq
September 18, 2014
A recently released app invites users to wrestle with the text of a modern classic.The ‘Slow Web’ Movement Will Save Our Brains
June 16, 2014
Erudite is trying to wrestle control of the government away from Abnegation via nefarious schemes.Exclusive: Shailene Woodley On ‘Divergent,’ J. Law, and Why She Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’
March 7, 2014
Yet he continued to wrestle with a demon that the Perry Street regular felt sure could be summarized in four syllables.NYPD: We Have Hoffman’s Diary
February 5, 2014
Two stand up to wrestle, and are on the point of coming to blows.Old Ticonderoga, A Picture of The Past
If it hadn't a bin in Henry's house I'd took a wrestle out of him.Uncles Josh's Punkin Centre Stories
He was up on his hind legs, and it was a wrestle between master and dog.Little Dorrit
They were taught to box, to wrestle, to throw the discus, and to hurl the spear.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
Did I like to go there, or did I strive and wrestle with the power that forced me?'Barnaby Rudge
- to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
- (intr) to participate in wrestling
- (when intr, foll by with or against) to fight with (a person, problem, or thing)wrestle with one's conscience
- (tr) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
- (tr) US and Canadian to throw (an animal) for branding
- the act of wrestling
- a struggle or tussle
Word Origin and History for wrestle
Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.