Definition of wrangle in English:


Syllabification: wran·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈraNGgəl



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  • 1 [no object] Have a long and complicated dispute: (as noun wrangling) weeks of political wrangling
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    • While politicians wrangle, rangers continue working in a dangerous climate, and the parks are getting trashed.
    • Councillors from all three parties in Bolton have been wrangling over political power since the local elections on May 1 left a hung council.
    • There, they wrangled, argued and debated over the form the new government would take.
    argue, quarrel, bicker, squabble, fall out, have words, disagree, be at odds, fight, battle, feud, clash
    informal scrap
  • 2 [with object] North American Round up, herd, or take charge of (livestock): the horses were wrangled early
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    • Only yesterday, you'd have thought there was no way to wrangle that horse back into the barn.
    • He wrangled horses for the Confederacy during the Civil War.
    • Head for the open range and learn how to wrangle dogies.


late Middle English: compare with Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen 'to struggle'; related to wring.

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