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wrestle with a pig

To attempt a futile task with someone who enjoys the struggle (just as a pig would enjoy wrestling in the mud). I swear, trying to get the truth out of a teenager is like wrestling with a pig! My daughter has an excuse for everything, and I think she enjoys frustrating me!
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wrestle something from someone

to get something away from someone after a physical struggle. Wally wrestled the gun away from Max and threw it out the window. I could not wrestle my wallet from the thief.
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wrestle something into something

to struggle with something large to get it into something or some place. She wrestled the packages into the backseat of the car. I wrestled the suitcases into the rack over my seat.
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wrestle with someone

to contend with someone in a physical wrestling match. You are too big to wrestle with him! I want to wrestle with someone my own size.
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wrestle with something

1. . to struggle with something large to move it about. He wrestled with the piano and finally got it to move. The two men were wrestling with the heavy trunk for nearly ten minutes, trying to get it up the stairs.
2. . to grapple or struggle with some large animal. The man wrestled with the tiger for a while but was seriously mauled in a short time. Sam liked to wrestle with the family dog.
3. to struggle with a difficult problem; to struggle with a moral decision. We wrestled with the problem and finally decided to go ahead. Let me wrestle with this matter for a while longer.
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wrestle with

1. To contend with someone by grappling and attempting to throw or immobilize one's opponent: I wrestled with my cousin in the living room until my mom ordered us to go outside.
2. To contend or struggle with something or someone: The students wrestled with the math problem all afternoon.
3. To strive in an effort to master something: The thieves must wrestle with the guilt that weighs on them.
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The struggles continued when Munoz began to wrestle for the Conquistadors his freshman year.
They have to step up and wrestle the way they know how to wrestle.
Every wrestler in Southern California wants to wrestle for me.
It has been different not to wrestle with his brother this year.
His mother, Jacqueline, pushed for him to wrestle, not only because the sport could best incorporate his martial arts training but also it was the only one for which he had the size.
When you're on top, everybody else wrestles their best against you and tries their hardest.
Eisenberg, who wrestles at 171 pounds, is 25-2 this season and could become the first Harvard-Westlake wrestler to place at the Southern Section finals three times.
Talk about respect: Antelope Valley's Larry Johnson (171) has been so dominating this season that some coaches don't want to send their athletes out to wrestle against him.
One of those athletes is senior Mike Bonebright, who usually wrestles at 145 pounds but at times wrestles at 152 pounds.
Another athlete to watch is senior Thanh Tran, who wrestles at 103, 112 and 119 pounds.
It doesn't really matter to me who I wrestle against,'' Felix said.