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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!
wrestle with (someone or something)
1. Literally, to grapple with someone or an animal in an attempt to subdue and immobilize it or just as part of aggressive play. The animal control worker had to wrestle with the rabid raccoon to get it in the cage. The kids have been out there wrestling with each other all day.
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.
See also: wrestle