wrangle

To wrangle is to take part in a long, angry, intense argument, especially over an issue with lots of details. You can also wrangle, or herd, a bunch of cows. Politicians and lawyers frequently wrangle, no cows necessary.

Wrangle in its current meaning comes from the nineteenth century American term wrangling, the art of herding cattle, probably with the idea in mind that rounding up those tiresome details is a bit like rounding up all those tiresome cattle; they tend to go flying off in all directions. From wrangler in the cowboy sense we get Wrangler jeans, though not all wranglers wear Wranglers of course.

Primary Meanings of wrangle

1.
vn
quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively
an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
2.
v
herd and care for
Full Definitions of wrangle
1

v quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively

“The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street”
Synonyms:
brawl
Type of:
altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
have a disagreement over something

n an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)

Synonyms:
haggle, haggling, wrangling
Type of:
bargaining
the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement

n an angry dispute

Synonyms:
dustup, quarrel, row, run-in, words
Types:
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affray, altercation, fracas
noisy quarrel
bicker, bickering, fuss, pettifoggery, spat, squabble, tiff
a quarrel about petty points
bust-up
a serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)
batrachomyomachia
a silly altercation
Type of:
conflict, difference, difference of opinion, dispute
a disagreement or argument about something important
2

v herd and care for

wrangle horses”
Type of:
herd
keep, move, or drive animals

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