If you decide to wrestle on a team in high school, you'll be grabbing your opponent and trying to fling him to the ground while he tries to do the same to you. You might want to consider the ping pong team instead.

Athletes wrestle wearing uniforms and helmets, and they follow very specific rules. Others wrestle more spontaneously — a bar bouncer might have to wrestle with an unruly patron, or a parent might need to wrestle a squirming toddler into her car seat. Yet another way to wrestle is with an idea or a problem, a kind of mental struggle. The Old English root, wræstan, means "to wrest," or to yank something out of another person's grasp.

Definitions of wrestle

n the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

“they had a fierce wrestle
grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle, wrestling
Type of:
strenuous effort

v to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)

squirm, twist, worm, wriggle, writhe
make a sudden twisting motion
Type of:
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v engage in a wrestling match

“The children wrestled in the garden”
mud-wrestle, mudwrestle
wrestle in mud
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight

v combat to overcome an opposing tendency or force

“He wrestled all his life with his feeling of inferiority”
Type of:
battle, combat
battle or contend against in or as if in a battle

v engage in deep thought, consideration, or debate

“I wrestled with this decision for years”
Type of:
consider, debate, deliberate, moot, turn over
think about carefully; weigh

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