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[ res-ling ]


  1. a sport in which two opponents struggle hand to hand in order to pin or press each other's shoulders to the mat or ground, with the style, rules, and regulations differing widely in amateur and professional matches. Compare catch-as-catch-can ( def 3 ), Greco-Roman ( def 3 ).
  2. the act of a person who wrestles.


/ ˈrɛslɪŋ /


  1. any of certain sports in which the contestants fight each other according to various rules governing holds and usually forbidding blows with the closed fist. The principal object is to overcome the opponent either by throwing or pinning him to the ground or by causing him to submit See freestyle Graeco-Roman sumo
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wrestling1

before 1100; Middle English; Old English wrǣstlunge. See wrestle, -ing 1
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Example Sentences

Controlling it is “like wrestling,” one of its pilots told me last year.

The firm called for Stimson to increase awareness of its philanthropic giving to Habitat for Humanity, a Tillamook County domestic violence shelter and local sports teams, including a planned donation of wrestling mats.

I had never been to a wrestling match, or much else live entertainment for that matter, and had no idea what to expect.

From Ozy

The conversation was, at first, solely focused on the world of professional wrestling.

Yet the news of Smith’s involvement with Brockman has left many wrestling to understand what happened.

The wrestling fans are “incredibly horrifying when you age,” Madusa, now 50, wrote.

Then, in 1985, du Pont turned his attention (and Forbes-estimated $200 million fortune) to wrestling.

He poured millions into building Foxcatcher Farm, a wrestling facility boasting top-of-the-line weight machines.

Between 1989 and 1995, du Pont donated $400,000 a year to USA Wrestling.

The wrestling over the attacks continued, and turned to the chemical composition of the sarin.

He called it "wrestling for her soul;" and I think his prayers were heard, for "God judgeth not as man judgeth."

Corydon, nervous and sick and wrestling with melancholia, would have to lie awake for uncounted hours and submit to this torment.

Thence homewards by coach, through Moorefields, where we stood awhile, and saw the wrestling.

He spent a whole day wrestling with the concoction, and gave himself a headache with the ghastly odor.

But he was a Job wrestling with difficulty, a Job combating and making head against afflictions; a Job conquering!


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