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English definition of “tussle”

tussle

verb [I] uk   /ˈtʌs.l̩/ us  

tussle verb [I] (DISAGREE)

to have difficult disagreements or strong arguments: During his twelve years in Congress he has tussled with the chemical, drug and power companies on behalf of the ordinary person. The residents are still tussling over the ever-scarcer street parking.

tussle verb [I] (FIGHT)

to fight with another person using your arms and body: The boys started to tussle in the corridor.
Phrasal verbs

tussle

noun uk   /ˈtʌs.l̩/ us  

tussle noun (DISAGREEMENT)

[C] a difficult disagreement or violent argument: a boardroom/bureaucratic/legal tussle There followed a long tussle for custody of the children.

tussle noun (FIGHT)

[C usually singular] a fight with another person using your arms and body: From the state of his clothes and hair, he had been in a tussle.
(Definition of tussle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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