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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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References in classic literature ?
And while Arthur took up the tale, for the twentieth time, of his adventure with the drunken hoodlums on the ferry-boat and of how Martin Eden had rushed in and rescued him, that individual, with frowning brows, meditated upon the fool he had made of himself, and wrestled more determinedly with the problem of how he should conduct himself toward these people.
He's wrestled in the music halls in London with Hackenschmidt.
Have I not told you,' said the other fiercely, 'that I have striven and wrestled with the power that brought me here?
I had it by the barrel, and we wrestled for it all ends up for a minute or more.
In total, the USA has wrestled in Iran 10 more times since that 1998 event.
Ron Munoz also wrestled for Canoga Park, which had planned to shut down its wrestling program by the time Steve Munoz entered 10th grade.
There are a number of fairly successful wrestling coaches who never wrestled as youngsters, and plenty of successful judo coaches who've never competed in a judo tournament.
I always wrestled my dad and brother when I was little," says Maija.
After his release from the Navy, he wrestled as "Sailor" Fred Blassie and Fred McDaniels - as part of a "brother" tag team with Billy McDaniels -- before winning the Southern heavyweight championship in 1954.
Having wrestled on five continents for the better part of two decades, Foley has subjected his body to unthinkable punishment as a means of creating a life for himself and his family.
When he started in his twenties, Borden wrestled for $50 per match, sacrificing everything for a profession that traditionally has eaten its young.
2 seed, wrestled his way back through the consolation round to take fifth place.
Blackwell's father, Mike, wrestled on Royal's 1978 and 1979 league- championship teams.
Field locked himself around that six, wrestled it to the ground and didn't let up until he turned it into a four.