Definition of tussle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tussle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈtʌsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌsl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tussle
BrE BrE//ˈtʌsl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌsl//
 
he / she / it tussles
BrE BrE//ˈtʌslz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌslz//
 
past simple tussled
BrE BrE//ˈtʌsld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌsld//
 
past participle tussled
BrE BrE//ˈtʌsld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌsld//
 
-ing form tussling
BrE BrE//ˈtʌslɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌslɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] tussle (with somebody/something) to fight or compete with somebody/something, especially in order to get something The children were tussling with one another for the ball. 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.
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