- A dispute or argument, typically one that is long and complicated: an insurance wrangle is holding up compensation paymentsMore example sentences
argument, dispute, disagreement, quarrel, row, fight, squabble, difference of opinion, altercation, angry exchange, war of words, shouting match, tiff; tussle, brouhaha, fracas, rumpus, brawl, clash, scuffle, battle, war, feud; controversy, uproar; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook• informal falling-out, set-to, run-in, shindig, shindy, dust-up, punch-up, scrap, spat, free-for-all, argy-bargy, ruckus, fisticuffs, ructionBritish • informal , Football aftersScottish • informal rammyNorth American • informal rhubarb
- 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.
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- 1 [no object] Have a long, complicated dispute or argument: the bureaucrats continue wrangling over the fine print (as noun wrangling) weeks of political wranglingMore example sentences
argue, quarrel, row, have a row, bicker, squabble, have words, debate, disagree, have a disagreement, have an altercation, be at odds, bandy words; contend, fight, have a fight, war, battle, feud, clash, grapple, brawl, spar, wrestle, tilt, come to blows, cross swords, lock horns, be at each other's throats, be at loggerheadsScottish • archaic threap
- 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.
late Middle English: compare with Low German wrangeln, frequentative of wrangen 'to struggle'; related to wring.