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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TUSSLES

She knew the workhouses far and wide, and had had her tussles with the authorities.

We had some tussles with you last year when Salt-Water Sam was aboard.

Elsewhere the clearing process continued, and tussles were part of the daily programme.

For a week preceding that time the tussles between the rival classes were keener than at any other time during the year.

He is getting a bit bald, he has had one or two tussles with his bank about accidental overdrafts.

It was in one of these tussles that Jerry Delany (the famous boxer) was killed.

However, Tuys had done rather well; public report had it that these tussles gave him the start toward his fortune.

After these tussles they appeared to run over the water to give their heavy, awkward bodies a good start upward.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., Scottish and northern English variant of touselen (see tousle). Related: Tussled; tussling. The noun is first recorded 1620s but rare before 19c.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.