tussle with

tussle with someone or something

1. to struggle or battle with someone or something. Tim tussled with Roger for a while, and then they made peace. I tussled with the trunk, trying to get it into the attic.
2. Fig. to argue or contend with someone, a group, or something. (Fig. on {2}.) I tussled with my conscience all night. We tussled with the committee and won our point.
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On the right hand, scrub firs, their spirits quite unbroken by long years of tussle with the gulf winds, grew thickly.
So held, John had waited with a womanly patience till the little hand relaxed its hold, and while waiting had fallen asleep, more tired by that tussle with his son than with his whole day's work.
Here comes another Giant to have a tussle with you.
A light burnt low on the landing, and by it I could see Mackenzie swaying and staggering in a silent tussle with some powerful adversary.
I came upon it from a tussle with the sea-- and I was young--and I saw it looking at me.
They said Kejriwal and Sisodia took up the issue of tussle with Jung over transfer and postings of bureaucrats to which Singh assured cooperation from the Centre.
New Delhi: Omar Abdullah on Sunday came out in strong support of Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of his ongoing tussle with the Delhi Lt Governor, saying Indian-administered-Kashmir had to pay a "heavy price" for similar issues involving the office of the chief minister and the Raj Bhavan.
Just over a week ago he faced tussle with Robbie Henshaw for Brian O'Driscoll's old No.
Summary: CAIRO - Egypt's stock market has fell by more than three per cent as the country's diplomatic tussle with neighbouring Israel over the death of several Egyptian soldiers weighed on investor sentiment.
Sources in the coalition Government informed that there was a clear divide in the Pakistan Peoples Party over the issue with the legal wizards sitting in Presidency and the Ministry of Law and Justice were opposing the move while Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and some of his close confederates were of the view that Government should avoid further tussle with the superior judiciary and notification for handing over the services of Tariq Khosa to NAB should be made in compliance with the court orders.
Summary: The outdoor clothing retailer has resurrected fundraising efforts after a bitter power tussle with its largest shareholder Sports Direct.
Cash, alcohol and cigarettes were taken after a tussle with a male cashier.
Keeley McGee's bitch went off the 4-5 favourite and engaged in a great tussle with Express Tune all the way.
The Bears will return to Scarborough for a championship tussle with Yorkshire in late August.
In the game to decide runners up, All Souls proved too strong for Parkgate in an exciting and close-fought tussle with a 14-10 triumph.