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struggling

[ struhg-uhl ]SEE DEFINITION OF struggling
  • verblabor, work
  • verbfight, wrestle

Synonyms for struggling

  • cope
  • seek
  • strive
  • tackle
  • toil
  • try
  • assay
  • attempt
  • dig
  • endeavor
  • grind
  • hassle
  • hustle
  • offer
  • plug
  • scratch
  • slave
  • strain
  • sweat
  • undertake
  • bend over backwards
  • break one's back
  • break one's neck
  • exert oneself
  • give it one's best shot
  • give the old college try
  • go all out
  • have one's nose to grindstone
  • make every effort
  • plug away
  • take a crack
  • take a stab
  • take on
  • try one's hardest
  • work like a dog
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Antonyms for struggling

  • forget
  • idle
  • neglect
  • be lazy
  • ignore
  • laze
  • procrastinate
  • withhold
  • rest
  • surrender
  • yield
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR STRUGGLING

“Vex not thyself,” said the old dame, as she saw him struggling with his sobs.

As long as you were poor and struggling, Marian was welcome to you.

The Little Doctor was struggling with the lump in her throat that he should try to joke about it.

It was as if some mighty pent force were struggling for release.

There Bob enveloped him in his arms, struggling and kicking, and put him on the horse.

My heart, struggling between duty and warmth of temper, was full.

Leslie, the artist, then a struggling genius like himself, was his fellow-lodger.

The state or condition in which the wicked cease from struggling and the dreary are at rest.

That a human soul was struggling in the water was certain; and she called and called, but called in vain.

I exclaimed, struggling to free myself from him—‘you must ask my uncle and aunt.’

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., probably a frequentative form, of uncertain origin. Skeat suggests Old Norse strugr "ill will;" others suggest a connection to Dutch struikelen, German straucheln "to stumble." Related: Struggled; struggling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR STRUGGLING

agonizing

adjectivedifficult and painful, suffering
  • disturbing
  • excruciating
  • extreme
  • fierce
  • harrowing
  • intense
  • racking
  • struggling
  • tearing
  • tormenting
  • tortuous
  • torturing
  • vehement
  • violent
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