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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 with (someone or something)

1. Literally, to grapple with someone or an animal in an attempt to subdue and immobilize or just as part of aggressive play. The kids have been out there wrestling with each other all day. The animal control worker had to wrestle with the rabid raccoon to get it in the cage.
2. To attempt to handle or move something, typically a large, heavy, or unwieldy object, with much difficulty. We had to wrestle with it a bit, but we got that big bed frame upstairs.
3. To attempt to deal with something difficult or troubling, such as a problem or decision. I've wrestled with this equation for hours, but I just can't seem to get it right. He's clearly wrestling with his past and trying to make amends for the things he's done.
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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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In the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) - the northeastern promotion that preceded World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) - he wrestled against such stars as Bruno Sammartino, Chief Jay Strongbow, Bobo Brazil and Pedro Morales.
We wrestled each other for four years all over the country.
Blackwell has worked extensively with Royal assistant coach Oscar Santiago, who wrestled at Purdue.
Chris, now a volunteer assistant for Littlerock, wrestled for the Lobos until graduating last year.
He's always wrestled at 157, but we were already pretty established there with Eddie, and then he couldn't beat out Arsen at 165, so he's been wrestling a lot bigger guys at 174 and doing a great job.
It had been eight years since Smithson last wrestled, yet in 1992 he decided to step onto the mat again.
The way Chad has wrestled recently it doesn't appear there have been many questions.
Other promising eighth-graders at Harvard-Westlake include Edwin Chang, whose older brother Eugene wrestled at the school two years ago, Jordan Schwartz, Simon Tan, Aaron Alexander-Block, Ed Golay and Arthur Gradstein.
His oldest brother, Ian, who is 35, wrestled at Simi Valley High School, for Brigham Young University and in Canada.
Nine freshmen and sophomores have wrestled for the Lancers' varsity squad this year, giving coach Larry Mortensen hope that he could have a league title contender for the next two years.