wrestle with something

wrestle with something
wrestle with (something) to work hard to do something difficult.

The new governor will be wrestling with the state's disastrous financial condition.

These are the big issues that society will have to wrestle with.

More than 200 firefighters wrestled with the blaze for more than two hours.

Etymology: based on the literal meaning of wrestle (= to fight someone by trying to hold them to the ground)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • wrestle with — (something) to work hard to do something difficult. The new governor will be wrestling with the state s disastrous financial condition. These are the big issues that society will have to wrestle with. More than 200 firefighters wrestled with the… …   New idioms dictionary

  • wrestle with — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms wrestle with : present tense I/you/we/they wrestle with he/she/it wrestles with present participle wrestling with past tense wrestled with past participle wrestled with wrestle with something to try to deal… …   English dictionary

  • wrestle — [res′əl; ] often [ ras′əl] vi. wrestled, wrestling [ME wrestlen, wrastlen < OE wræstlian, freq. of wræstan, to twist: see WREST] 1. to struggle hand to hand with an opponent in an attempt to throw or force him or her to the ground without… …   English World dictionary

  • wrestle — [v] struggle physically or mentally with something battle, combat, contend, endeavor, essay, exert, fight, grapple, grunt, scuffle, strain, strive, tangle, tussle, work; concepts 17,191,208 …   New thesaurus

  • wrestle — UK [ˈres(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms wrestle : present tense I/you/we/they wrestle he/she/it wrestles present participle wrestling past tense wrestled past participle wrestled 1) to fight by holding and pushing someone but …   English dictionary

  • wrestle — wres|tle [ˈresəl] v [: Old English; Origin: wrAstlian, from wrAstan; WREST] 1.) [I and T] to fight someone by holding them and pulling or pushing them wrestle with ▪ The two men wrestled with each other. ▪ Police officers wrestled him to the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wrestle — wres|tle [ resl ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive to fight by holding and pushing someone but without hitting with your FISTS, especially as a sport a ) wrestle someone to the ground/floor to push someone down onto the ground and hold them… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • With Apologies to Jesse Jackson — South Park episode Randy on Wheel of Fortune trying to solve the final puzzle …   Wikipedia

  • wrestle — verb 1 (I, T) to fight someone by holding onto them and pulling or pushing them (+ with): The kids were wrestling with each other in the yard. | wrestle sb to the ground (=make someone fall down by holding onto them and pushing them) 2 (I, T) to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pit someone/something against — SET AGAINST, match against, put in opposition to, put in competition with; compete with, contend with, vie with, wrestle with. → pit …   Useful english dictionary

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