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Language: Old English
Origin: wræstlian, from wræstan; WREST

wrestle

verb
     
wres‧tle
1 [intransitive and transitive] to fight someone by holding them and pulling or pushing them
wrestle with
The two men wrestled with each other.
Police officers wrestled him to the ground.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to move something or try to move it when it is large, heavy, or difficult to move
wrestle with
Ray continued to wrestle with the wheel.
3

wrestle with something

to try to understand or find a solution to a difficult problem:
I have been wrestling with this problem for quite some time.

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