Definitions of wrestle

  1. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, ( esp. when struggling); " The prisoner writhed in discomfort."; " The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace."
  2. engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate; " I wrestled with this decision for years"
  3. combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force; " He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority"
  4. engage in a wrestling match; " The children wrestled in the garden"
  5. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, ( especially when struggling); " The prisoner writhed in discomfort"; " The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
  6. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.
  7. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.
  8. To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.
  9. A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle.
  10. To contend, by grappling with and trying to throw another; to grapple; to struggle; to strive earnestly; as, to wrestle with a problem.
  11. The act of one who grapples with and tries to throw another; a struggle.
  12. Wrestler.
  13. To contend by grappling and trying to throw the other down: to struggle.
  14. A bout at wrestling: a struggle between two to throw each other down.
  15. To contend by grappling and struggling; strive.
  16. To contend or grapple, as opponents striving each to bring the other to the ground.
  17. An act of wrestling.
  18. The act of wrestling.
  19. To contend with in wrestling.
  20. To strive by grappling; to throw another down by tripping up his heels and twitching him off his centre; to struggle; to strive; to contend.
  21. To contend by tugging and twisting each other about; to struggle; to contend with.

Usage examples for wrestle

  1. " I do not propose to wrestle with you for a match," said Giovanni at last. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. This is the first case among the thousands of which I have had experience in which the condemned has presumed to wrestle with the headsman. – Pretty Michal by Mór Jókai
  3. Turn aside, here, an' kneel down; I will wrestle wi' the Lord for thee till comfort comes, if it take the long night. – I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  4. Dames, having received and unpacked the " night- bags," retired elsewhere to wrestle with the big luggage. – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  5. Probably Winona, asked to wrestle with the problem, would have urged that Merle was always the first one dressed, and should not be expected to submit his Sunday suit to the hazards of this toil. – The Wrong Twin by Harry Leon Wilson
  6. You know it, Mrs Stumfold, and wrestle with it, and get your foot on the neck of it, so that, as one may say, it's always being killed and got the better of. – Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope
  7. At least she could run the cook and the servants, wrestle with the food difficulties, and keep the Squire's most essential business going. – Elizabeth's Campaign by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  8. The strangest thing in such dreams is that the memory is wholly at fault, because, though one is not conscious that the people have died long ago, the mind is apt to wrestle with the wonder as to why one has seen so little of them of recent years. – The Silent Isle by Arthur Christopher Benson
  9. The two men composing most of us at the outset of actual life began their deadly wrestle within him, both having become awakened. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  10. And of course the thought persists that it may not have been a false trail at all, but the right one; the business of saying something is a perpetual wrestle with doubts. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  11. The flames leaped on him, too, as if to wrestle with him; his brown beard crackled, his hair, but he fought through it all. – Between Whiles by Helen Hunt Jackson
  12. After you have seen the Pictures there is no need to wrestle with the Text. – Fables in Slang by George Ade
  13. The lurid policy of coercion which the Christian Church adopted, and its consequences, would at last compel reason to wrestle with the problem and discover the justification of intellectual liberty. – A History of Freedom of Thought by John Bagnell Bury
  14. When in the distance, the deadened sound again reached him, he paused for a moment and seemed to wrestle with himself; then he went resolutely farther down into the town to Mary's house. – Four Phases of Love by Paul Heyse
  15. No two men take a thing just alike, and very few can sit down quietly when they have lost a fall in life's wrestle, and say: " Well, here I am, beaten no doubt this time. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  16. I led her a little aside to the foot of a tall pine; and there, tho' it rung my heart, told her all; and left her to wrestle with this final sorrow. – The Splendid Spur by Arthur T. Quiller Couch
  17. He reduced their officers to the ranks; he treated them harshly, made them run, leap, ascend the declivity of Byrsa at a single burst, hurl javelins, wrestle together, and sleep in the squares at night. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert