v. wres·tled, wres·tling, wres·tles
a. To try to throw or immobilize another person, especially by gripping with the hands.
b. To engage in the sport of wrestling.
2. To struggle to move or control something with the hands: wrestled with the truck's steering wheel.
3. To struggle in trying to manage, control, or deal with something: wrestling with budget cuts; wrestle with one's conscience.
a. To try to throw or immoblize (someone); wrestle with: wrestled the fugitive to the ground.
b. To take part in a wrestling match with (someone).
c. To take part in (a wrestling match).
a. To move or lift with great effort and force: wrestled the piano up the stairs.
b. To taken (something) away from another by gripping and pulling: wrestled the gun out of the robber's hands.
3. To throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
1. The act or a bout of wrestling.
2. A struggle: a wrestle with a problem.
[Middle English wrestlen, from Old English *wrǣstlian, frequentative of wrǣstan, to twist; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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