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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.
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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!
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wrangle 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. This computer is so old and clunky that it takes ages just to wrangle out a simple spreadsheet.
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wrangle with (something)

To struggle to understand, solve, or deal with something. We've been wrangling with the issue of the system overheating, but there's no clear way to get past it. I've been wrangling with immigration issues ever since I moved here in 2010.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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