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wrangle (something) out

To work really hard to get something (often information) out of someone or something else. I know my brother is dating someone new, but I have not been able to wrangle the information out of him yet. Bill's computer is running so slow that he has to wrangle any document out of it.
See also: out, wrangle

wrangle (something) out of (someone)

To work really hard to get something (often information) out of someone else. I know my brother is dating someone new, but I have not been able to wrangle the information out of him yet.
See also: of, out, wrangle

wrangle for an ass's shadow

To argue over trivial matters. The phrase derives from a Greek legend in which a traveler rents an ass and then squabbles with its owner when they both want to sit in the ass's shadow to avoid the sun. Primarily heard in UK. There's no correct way to hang Christmas lights, so quit wrangling for an ass's shadow and decorate the house already!
See also: shadow, wrangle

wrangle (with someone) (over someone or something)

to bicker or argue with someone over who will end up with someone or something. I don't want to wrangle with Kelly over the contract. I see no need to wrangle over Dolly.

wrangle (with someone) (over someone or something)

to bicker or argue with someone over who will end up with someone or something. I don't want to wrangle with Kelly over the contract. I see no need to wrangle over Dolly.

wrangle with

v.
1. To be strenuously engaged with some problem, task, or undertaking: I have been wrangling with this problem for days and still cannot solve it.
2. To quarrel noisily or angrily with someone: I couldn't sleep because my brothers were wrangling with each other all night. John is wrangling with his roommate over the phone bill.
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There has been a wrangle about the revelation of Cabinet discussions and exchanges between Mr Blair and President Bush.
His agreement will mean he and his local Labour party will not get bogged down in a legal wrangle in the run-up to the general election.
Instead, local residents must be despairing, wondering whether the legal wrangles can be brought to an end and questioning just how long it will be before a new swimming pool is open to serve the local community.
Sammler's Planet) that attempts to fill itself to the bursting with human thought and emotion and physical life: "It was the turn again of certain minor things which people insisted on enlarging, magnifying, moving into the center: relationships, interior decorations, family wrangles, Minoz photographs of thieves on buses, arms of Puerto Rican ladies on the Bronx Express, odi-et-amo need--and-rejection, emotional self-examinations, erotic businesses in Acapulco, fellatio with friendly strangers.
With the help of her best friend, Ella, she must also somehow wrangle tickets to the final concert bash in New York for everyone's favorite band, Siddhartha.
Tosh appears to be trying to wrangle his silky, golden locks into some sort of modern Rasta affair.
Concerning your recent article about states and municipalities wrangling over the contents of invocational prayers ("Texas Lawmakers Wrangle Over Content Of Legislative Prayers," People & Events, March Church & State), I should like to offer the following comments.
Scholars, on the other hand, wrangle between the theory that earthlings from elsewhere in the world brought civilization into the valley or that it emerged within the region itself.
A wrangle involving Irish-American forward John O'Connell threatens to cast a shadow over proceedings when Birmingham Bullets face Brighton Bears at Aston Villa Leisure Centre tonight (7pm).
While most Americans are aware of mounting questions about the safety of the popular Ford Explorer, few realize that the roots of the legal and regulatory wrangle trace back to Venezuela.
An item attributed to the New York Post on October 23 commented on the number of people "trying to wrangle an invite to Hugh Hefner's Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion.
And writing could do that: it could wrangle, if somehow, as a writer, one could shed the ludicrous, God-like mantle of auteur while retaining one's sotto voce as a private citizen.
As Congressional committees wrangle over health care reform options, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is striving to ensure that African-American needs are met.
SWANSEA striker Bafetimbi Gomis is caught up in an PS8million contract wrangle which is threatening his chances of leaving in January.
But the Mean Girls star failed to show after a contract wrangle with producers of the movie - written by Keira's mum, Scots playwright Sharman Macdonald.