- A dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated: an insurance wrangle is holding up compensation paymentsMore example sentences
- Plans by the Government to buy the island and designate it as a national historic park have been dogged by controversy, including a legal wrangle over the past 20 years that went as far as the Supreme Court.
- A sports store which burnt to the ground in a spectacular blaze may never reopen due to an insurance wrangle, the Evening Gazette can reveal.
- He has been at the club too long and had to shut out too many protests and boardroom wrangles to let it throw him now.
verbBack to top
- 1 [no object] Have a long and complicated dispute: (as noun wrangling) weeks of political wranglingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object] North American Round up, herd, or take charge of (livestock): the horses were wrangled earlyMore example sentences
- 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.
- 3 another term for wangle.
late Middle English: compare with Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen 'to struggle'; related to wring.