wrestle with

wrestle with
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 — ˈwrestle with [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they wrestle with he/she/it wrestles with present participle wrestling with past tense wrestled with …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrestle with — index confront (oppose), fight (battle) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law 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 with — phr verb Wrestle with is used with these nouns as the object: ↑conscience …   Collocations dictionary

  • 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • wrestle with a pig — verb To engage in a struggle with an opponent that benefits from the struggle even without winning it. And when you begin refuting one anothers reasons, fussing back and forth, you generally do what a nationally known industrial relations… …   Wiktionary

  • wrestle with a problem — deal with a troubling matter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ˈwrestle with sth — phrasal verb to try to deal with a difficult problem …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 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 — wrestle, tussle, grapple, scuffle mean to struggle with an opponent at close quarters. Wrestle basically implies a struggle for mastery by gripping with hands, arms, and legs, often in ways governed by fixed rules; the term connotes the exercise… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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