tussles, tussling, tussled1) V-RECIP If one person tussles with another, or if they tussle, they get hold of each other and struggle or fight.
[V with n] They ended up ripping down perimeter fencing and tussling with the security staff...
[pl-n V over n] He grabbed my microphone and we tussled over that...
[pl-n V] James and Elliott tussled.N-COUNTTussle is also a noun.
The referee booked him for a tussle with the goalie.2) V-RECIP If one person tussles with another for something, or if they tussle for it, they try to beat each other in order to get it. [JOURNALISM]
[V for n with n] Pezzo tussled for fourth place with Orvosova...
[pl-n V for/over n] Officials tussled over who had responsibility for the newly fashionable unemployment agenda.Syn:N-COUNT: usu with suppTussle is also a noun.
...a legal tussle over who gets custody of the children.3) VERB If someone tussles with a difficult problem or issue, they try hard to solve it. [JOURNALISM]
[V with n] He is tussling with the problem of what to do about inflation.Syn:
English dictionary. 2008.