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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: touse 'to pull roughly' (14-19 centuries)

tussle

2 verb
     
tussle2 [intransitive ]
1 to fight or struggle without using any weapons, by pulling or pushing someone rather than hitting them
tussle with
He was tussling with the other boys.
2 to try to beat someone in order to get something
tussle for
They tussled for first place in the race.

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