wrestle with (someone or something)

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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 finally 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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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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They had hinges in the middle, and, when we were not looking, they nipped us with these hinges in delicate parts of the body; and, while we were wrestling with one side of the hoop, and endeavouring to persuade it to do its duty, the other side would come behind us in a cowardly manner, and hit us over the head.
But Twyford was still wrestling with one problem at a time.
"We could see as we got into the enclosure that the lions were making a lot of noise, and that a few of them were wrestling with one another.
But Hamilton-Brown is unable to get too close to Panesar as he is spotted wrestling with one of the bouncers who ultimately carry Panesar back to the nightclub where he was arrested by police.
The Board wanted to replace wrestling with one of seven other sports because it feels wrestling is lacking in public appeal.
Ann was now puzzled as well as frightened, and she watched the two figures arguing and wrestling with one another until both of them vanished through a wall.
The pair, who were with their three children Betty Kitten, Harvey Kirby and Honey Kinny, had a snowball fight in the centre of the mountain resort which ended in them wrestling with one another.
Kravitz fares better, however, on the album's closer, "I Want to Go Home." Wrestling with one's own mortality, as well as the moral compass, a war-weary Kravitz cries out, "I want to, I want to go home/I just want to get along with my life."
My wife was hovering over me wearing an expression, which would have suggested to the casual observer that she was wrestling with one of life's great mysteries.
In the continued absence of a Europe of citizens - a dream which will take much longer to realise - it is, at present, possible to keep the EU evolving only by Europe's leaders wrestling with one another to reach agreement.
At one point Therese envisioned herself and Jesus, her "divine spouse," wrestling with one another, "their hearts beating as one."
For over the past two years, I have been wrestling with one particular goal: how to communicate with you.