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tussle

[tuhs-uh l] /ˈtʌs əl/
verb (used without object), tussled, tussling.
1.
to struggle or fight roughly or vigorously; wrestle; scuffle.
noun
2.
a rough physical contest or struggle; scuffle.
3.
any vigorous or determined struggle, conflict, etc.:
I had quite a tussle with that chemistry exam.
Origin
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English (north and Scots) tusillen, derivative (see -le) of tusen to touse
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British Dictionary definitions for tussles

tussle

/ˈtʌsəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to fight or wrestle in a vigorous way; struggle
noun
2.
a vigorous fight; scuffle; struggle
Word Origin
C15: related to Old High German zūsen; see tousle
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Word Origin and History for tussles

tussle

v.

late 15c., Scottish and northern English variant of touselen (see tousle). Related: Tussled; tussling. The noun is first recorded 1620s but rare before 19c.

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