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struggle

[struhg-uh l] /ˈstrʌg əl/
verb (used without object), struggled, struggling.
1.
to contend with an adversary or opposing force.
2.
to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive:
to struggle for existence.
3.
to advance with violent effort:
to struggle through the snow.
4.
(of athletes and competitors) to be coping with inability to perform well or to win; contend with difficulty:
After struggling for the whole month of June, he suddenly caught fire and raised his batting average 30 points.
verb (used with object), struggled, struggling.
5.
to bring, put, etc., by struggling:
She struggled the heavy box into a corner.
6.
to make (one's way) with violent effort.
noun
7.
the process or an act or instance of struggling.
8.
a war, fight, conflict, or contest of any kind.
9.
a task or goal requiring much effort to accomplish or achieve.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English struglen, stroglen, frequentative v. (see -le) formed on a base of obscure origin
Related forms
struggler, noun
strugglingly, adverb
prestruggle, noun, verb (used without object), prestruggled, prestruggling.
unstruggling, adjective
Synonyms
1. oppose, contest, fight, conflict. 7. endeavor, exertion. 8. encounter, skirmish. Struggle, brush, clash refer to a hostile meeting of opposing persons, parties, or forces. Struggle implies vigorous bodily effort or violent exertion: a hand-to-hand struggle. A brush is a brief, but smart, and often casual combat: a brush between patrols. Clash implies a direct and sharp collision between opposing parties, efforts, interests, etc.: a clash of opinions.
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  • Behind us, the dazed dog struggles to its feet, limping badly.
  • She struggles to free herself, but every movement drags her deeper.
  • For the sighted, it's a chance to better appreciate the daily struggles of the blind and visually handicapped.
  • The lungs fight for breath, and the heart struggles to pump.
  • Rex struggles with insurance claims and leans on his extended family for help.
  • She struggles with the heavier can, and about ten minutes from the top it is too much for her.
  • We have no right to obscure it with your blind struggles.
  • There had been many struggles as to liturgical use in medieval days, and these were thus ended before the great struggle began.
  • All about and around us a faith in poetry struggles to be extricated, but it is not extricated.
  • As the rest of the world struggles to reach higher standards, more contaminants will be produced in accelerating amounts.
British Dictionary definitions for struggles

struggle

/ˈstrʌɡəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive; usually foll by for or against; may take an infinitive) to exert strength, energy, and force; work or strive: to struggle to obtain freedom
2.
(intransitive) to move about strenuously so as to escape from something confining
3.
(intransitive) to contend, battle, or fight
4.
(intransitive) to go or progress with difficulty
noun
5.
a laboured or strenuous exertion or effort
6.
a fight or battle
7.
the act of struggling
8.
(South African) the struggle, the radical and armed opposition to apartheid, especially by the military wings of the ANC and the PAC
Derived Forms
struggler, noun
struggling, adjective
strugglingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for struggles

struggle

v.

late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.

n.

1690s, from struggle (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for struggles

struggle

verb

To have difficulty winning or holding the pace; be in athletic travail: Mets struggling; Cardinals soaring/ Lendl Struggles to Win

Related Terms

bun-struggle

[1970s+ Sports; in the general sense ''strive despite difficulties,'' found by 1597]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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