Wres"tle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wrestled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Wrestling (?).] [OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wrstlian, freq. of wrstan to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen to wrestle. See Wrest, v. t.]


To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.

To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him well. Shak.

Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum. Wiseman.


Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.

Come, wrestle with thy affections. Shak.

We wrestle not against flesh and blood. Eph. vi. 12.

Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled. M. Arnold.


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Wres"tle, v. t.

To wrestle with; to seek to throw down as in wrestling.


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Wres"tle, n.

A struggle between two persons to see which will throw the other down; a bout at wrestling; a wrestling match; a struggle.

Whom in a wrestle the giant catching aloft, with a terrible hug broke three of his ribs. Milton.


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