Definition of tussle in English:

tussle

Line breaks: tus¦sle
Pronunciation: /ˈtʌs(ə)l
 
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noun

verb

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  • Engage in a vigorous struggle or scuffle: the demonstrators tussled with police
    More example sentences
    • They tussled on the floor, an oddly muted fight as they were both trying to shield the book from damage.
    • A Tullow woman tussled violently with her attackers as they attempted to steal her handbag before they dragged her along the road until she smacked her head off a lamp-post.
    • The only thing that surprised me bearing in mind the previous night's tales was that I couldn't hear the wildlife crashing around in the trees as they tussled for a vantage point from which to ambush me.
    Synonyms
    scuffle, fight, struggle, exchange blows, come to blows, brawl, grapple, wrestle, clash, scrimmage
    informal scrap, have a dust-up, have a punch-up, have a set-to
    North American informal rough-house

Origin

late Middle English (as a verb, originally Scots and northern English): perhaps a diminutive of dialect touse 'handle roughly' (see tousle).

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