- 1Make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction: before she could struggle, he lifted her up [with infinitive]: he struggled to break freeMore example sentences
- Alarmed, Darlene lurched forward, struggling to break free, but it was no use.
- Kicking and thrashing, Jennifer desperately struggled to break free.
- He struggled to break free, and the pair stumbled across the room and up against the bureau.
- 1.1Strive to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance: [with infinitive]: many families struggle to make ends meet new authors are struggling in the present climateMore example sentences
- Most of their batsmen are still struggling to cope with the New Zealand pace attack.
- He was struggling mightily at the plate in the play-offs and appeared out of sorts.
- The US $183 million Yankees are struggling mightily at the plate, leaving their fans restless.
- 1.2 (struggle with) Have difficulty handling or coping with: passengers struggle with bags and briefcasesMore example sentences
- In light of this, it was a shame to learn that the resort is struggling with financial difficulties.
- Nevertheless, even she struggled with some of the difficulties posed by the system.
- She struggled with the handle before swinging the door open, diving in and slamming it shut again.
- 1.3Engage in conflict: politicians continued to struggle over familiar issuesMore example sentences
- This shift in rodeo queen criteria did not sit well with women who struggled to continue competing in rodeo.
- Mass marketers continue to struggle against thick competition from department store and specialty brands.
- Retailers continuing to struggle amidst intense competition, a slowing economy and low inflation.
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- 1A forceful or violent effort to get free of restraint or resist attack.More example sentences
- Ambulance chiefs today condemned a teenager who assaulted a senior paramedic and a policeman during a violent struggle in York.
- In a violent struggle, Bourgass stabbed police officer Stephen Oake to death and wounded three others as he tried to escape.
- America's wars and violent struggles are always fought with goals of preventing future terror attacks and saving lives.
- 1.1A conflict or contest: a power struggle for the leadership with a struggle, she pulled the stroller up the slopeMore example sentences
- For Abbas, representations are always at the centre of power conflicts and expressive struggles.
- Many on the left see moral arguments as a smokescreen over the real conflict - the struggle over who gets what.
- It is these worlds they want to shape, these struggles they want to engage.
- 1.2A determined effort under difficulties: the center is the result of the scientists' struggle to realize their dreamMore example sentences
- At the same time, their determined struggle against adversity is a source of inspiration for all of us.
- This would, however, require a determined struggle, relying on Senate filibusters and similar tactics.
- Social reforms alongside a determined struggle for liberation will lead us towards democracy and independence.
- 1.3A very difficult task: it was a struggle to make herself understoodMore example sentences
effort, trial, trouble, stress, strain, battle• informal grind, hassle
- And such struggles become difficult if not impossible when workers do not have a minimum security of tenure.
- I think it's going to be a difficult struggle, definitely.
- It has been a difficult struggle for a group which began life without two farthings to rub together.
the struggle for existence (or life)
- The competition between organisms, especially as an element in natural selection, or between people seeking a livelihood.More example sentences
- War was natural among humans because it was an instance of the struggle for existence.
- Nature, in Darwin's view, did the same thing through the struggle for existence: he called it ‘natural selection.’
- Once again the magic words ‘natural selection’ do not appear, but the struggle for existence with the stronger winning is very clear.
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- Dunnington improved their survival chances after beating fellow strugglers Huntington 6-3.
- Goole find themselves back in the danger zone after their 2-0 defeat by fellow strugglers Glasshoughton.
- The old cliche, ‘a game of two halves,’ describes this one between Bury and strugglers Blackpool perfectly.
late Middle English: frequentative, perhaps of imitative origin. The noun dates from the late 17th century.