struggle with

struggle with someone or something

to fight or battle with someone or something. Fred struggled with Tom for a while and finally gave in. Tom struggled with the disease for a while and finally succumbed to it.
See also: struggle

struggle with someone (for something)

to fight with someone to obtain something. Max struggled with Lefty for the gun, and it went off. Timmy struggled with Bobby for the bicycle, and finally David took it away from both of them.
See also: struggle
References in classic literature ?
Two canine animals in a time of dearth, may be truly said to struggle with each other which shall get food and live.
This is often the case with those which may strictly be said to struggle with each other for existence, as in the case of locusts and grass-feeding quadrupeds.
And again in a futile struggle with reality her mother, refusing to believe that she could live when her beloved boy was killed in the bloom of life, escaped from reality into a world of delirium.
With its birth begins its struggle with the bourgeoisie.
In Grace Abounding Bunyan tells of his own struggle with evil, and it is from that book that we learn much of what we know of his life.
Passepartout and his companions had begun to struggle with their captors, three of whom the Frenchman had felled with his fists, when his master and the soldiers hastened up to their relief.
And I remember the fleeting bitterness that was mine as I realised that I was in a struggle with death, and that these others did not know.
The Abraham Lincoln, not being able to struggle with such velocity, had moderated its pace, and sailed at half speed.
spiritual struggle with larger political and social movements in which
A timeless novel, Persian Dreams by author and poet Maryam Tabibzadeh is the superbly crafted and engaging story of three people whose lives and struggles propel them through one hundred years of history in a country of everlasting poverty, continuous political struggle, and the destructiveness of war, Persian Dreams follows the diverse character setup of Talah, a woman striving for survival after the loss of her second husband, Baback, Talah's first son whose struggle with faith and religion becomes his greatest in the midst of a growing love affair, and Baback's daughter Nosha who relentlessly aims to escape the second-class citizenship forced onto the women of her country.
Her delivery should prove helpful in drawing listeners to this family story, especially those assigned to read it as a Newbery Award winner who may struggle with this sad, quiet tale in book form.
One has to be stunned by the utter dearth of writings and active public concern by Hauerwas (and the overwhelming majority of White theologians) regarding the American and Christian struggle with the scourge of anti-Black White racism.
Towards the end of the film a salvo of documentary footage of the Lebanese crisis dominates the screen, but this time not as "civil war" but as manifestation of the region's struggle with competing regional and colonial interests.
Mostly, I struggle with how Christ is made known as we preach, and how Christ is made known when the way we live is laid alongside what we preach.
Meanwhile, we continue to struggle with under-resourced black schools that face massive state budget crises.