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tussle

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BrE BrE//ˈtʌsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌsl//
 
 
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tussle (for/over something) a short struggle, fight or argument especially in order to get something He was injured during a tussle for the ball. There was a legal tussle over the closure of the hospital. She had a brief tussle with her conscience before telling the whole story. Word Origin late Middle English (as a verb, originally Scots and northern English): perhaps a diminutive of dialect touse ‘handle roughly’ of Germanic origin and related to German zausen.Extra examples Five teams are involved in the tussle for promotion. He broke his leg in a tussle for the ball. There is a tussle for power before the Congress convenes. They found themselves in a legal tussle with a big corporation. We are engaged in a legal tussle with a large pharmaceutical company. a tussle between the country’s parliament and government a tussle between the two countries a tussle over the closure of the local hospital
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