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wrestle

[res-uh l] /ˈrɛs əl/
verb (used without object), wrestled, wrestling.
1.
to engage in wrestling.
2.
to contend, as in a struggle for mastery; grapple:
to wrestle with one's conscience.
verb (used with object), wrestled, wrestling.
3.
to contend with in wrestling.
4.
to force by or as if by wrestling.
5.
to throw (a calf or other animal) for branding.
noun
6.
an act of or a bout at wrestling.
7.
a struggle.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English wrestlen, wrastlen (v.), Old English *wrǣstlian (compare Old English wrǣstlere wrestler), frequentative of wrǣstan to wrest; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German worstelen
Related forms
wrestler, noun
outwrestle, verb (used with object), outwrestled, outwrestling.
unwrestled, adjective
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Examples from the web for wrestlers
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British Dictionary definitions for wrestlers

wrestle

/ˈrɛsəl/
verb
1.
to fight (another person) by holding, throwing, etc, without punching with the closed fist
2.
(intransitive) to participate in wrestling
3.
when intr, foll by with or against. to fight with (a person, problem, or thing): wrestle with one's conscience
4.
(transitive) to move laboriously, as with wrestling movements
5.
(transitive) (US & Canadian) to throw (an animal) for branding
noun
6.
the act of wrestling
7.
a struggle or tussle
Derived Forms
wrestler, noun
Word Origin
Old English wræstlian; related to Middle Dutch wrastelen (Dutch worstelen), Old Norse rost current, race
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Word Origin and History for wrestlers

wrestle

v.

Old English *wræstlian, frequentative of wræstan "to wrest" (see wrest). Cf. North Frisian wrassele, Middle Low German worstelen. Figurative sense is recorded from early 13c. Related: Wrestled; wrestling.

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wrestlers in the Bible

(Eph. 6:12). See GAMES.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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