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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
professional wrestling
▪ a wrestling match
▪ a professional wrestler
▪ He won six high-school wrestling matches in a row.
▪ Sumo wrestling originated in Japan.
▪ After the Nazimov Rescript they had to start wrestling with details.
▪ Big, raw-boned farm hands, they looked to Grant as though they spent their working time wrestling bulls - and winning!.
▪ For several sleepless nights, Charity had been engaged in what she would call tiny wrestling with herself.
▪ He could just about ride a bike and he liked wrestling and playing football, usually in goal.
▪ He had to judge the wrestling which would be the chew in the conversation of the valley for weeks.
▪ It is clear that Watson spends a great deal of time wrestling with his conscience over the choice between morals and results.
▪ Meanwhile there's nothing mystical about the version of Sumo wrestling going on in the city centre.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Wrestle \Wres"tle\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wrestled; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrestling.] [OE. wrestlen, wrastlen, AS. wr?stlian, freq. of wr?stan to wrest; akin to OD. wrastelen to wrestle. See Wrest, v. t.]

  1. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.

    To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him well.

    Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of the clavicle from the sternum.

  2. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.

    Come, wrestle with thy affections.

    We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
    --Eph. vi. 12.

    Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled.
    --M. Arnold.


Wrestling \Wres"tling\, n. Act of one who wrestles; specif., the sport consisting of the hand-to-hand combat between two unarmed contestants who seek to throw each other.

Note: The various styles of wrestling differ in their definition of a fall and in the governing rules. In

Greco-Roman wrestling, tripping and taking hold of the legs are forbidden, and a fall is gained (that is, the bout is won), by the contestant who pins both his opponent's shoulders to the ground. In

catch-as-catch-can wrestling, all holds are permitted except such as may be barred by mutual consent, and a fall is defined as in Greco-Roman style.

Lancashire style wrestling is essentially the same as catch-as-catch-can. In

Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling the contestants stand chest to chest, grasping each other around the body. The one first losing his hold, or touching the ground with any part of his body except his feet, loses the bout. If both fall to the ground at the same time, it is a dogfall, and must be wrestled over. In the

Cornwall and Devon wrestling, the wrestlers complete in strong loose linen jackets, catching hold of the jacket, or anywhere above the waist. Two shoulders and one hip, or two hips and one shoulder, must touch the ground to constitute a fall, and if a man is thrown otherwise than on his back the contestants get upon their feet and the bout recommences.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English wræstlung, "sport of grappling and throwing," verbal noun from wrestle (v.). From c.1300 as "action of wrestling, a wrestling match." Figurative use from c.1200.


n. 1 A sport where two opponents attempt to subdue each other in bare-handed grappling using techniques of leverage, holding, and pressure points. 2 A professional tumbling act that emulates the sport of wrestling. Also called "professional wrestling". It is distinguished from sport wrestling -- which has strict internationally recognized rules and is conducted on a mat -- by being scripted, rehearsed, conducted in a boxing ring rather than on a mat, and programmed as entertainment. 3 (context countable English) The act of one who wrestles; a struggle to achieve something. vb. (present participle of wrestle English)

  1. n. the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat; "they had a fierce wrestle"; "we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully" [syn: wrestle, grapple, grappling, hand-to-hand struggle]

  2. the sport of hand-to-hand struggle between unarmed contestants who try to throw each other down [syn: rassling, grappling]

Wrestling (2008 film)

Wrestling is a 2008 romantic drama about teenagers growing up in Wilmington, Delaware.

Wrestling (disambiguation)

Wrestling is a grappling sport. It may also refer to:

  • Amateur wrestling
  • Freestyle wrestling
  • Greco-Roman wrestling
  • Professional wrestling, a form of entertainment presented as a sport
  • Wrestling (1961 film), a 1961 documentary
  • Wrestling (2008 film), a 2008 romantic drama
  • Wrestling Brewster, one of the passengers on the Mayflower

Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. The sport can either be theatrical for entertainment, or genuinely competitive. A wrestling bout is a physical competition, between two (occasionally more) competitors or sparring partners, who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. There are a wide range of styles with varying rules with both traditional historic and modern styles. Wrestling techniques have been incorporated into other martial arts as well as military hand-to-hand combat systems.

The term wrestling is attested in late Old English, as wræstlunge (glossing palestram).

Wrestling (1961 film)

Wrestling (Original French title: La lutte) is a 1961 documentary film about professional wrestling in Montreal, co-directed by Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier and Claude Jutra.

Wrestling was shot in the Montreal Forum, where major bouts were staged, as well as wrestling parlors where would be wrestlers learned and practiced their craft.

The filmmakers had intended to make a film exposing, in slow motion, the fakery of professional wrestling, until a chance encounter with French philosopher Roland Barthes changed their minds. Barthes was appalled by what they were planning to do, and spoke urgently about the beauty and social role of pro wrestling in the lives of ordinary people. Persuaded by Barthes, the filmmakers set out to make a film that captured the spectacle of the sport, without judging it.

The film shows the wrestling arena to be a sort of modern day shrine, with wrestling and its rituals taking the place of religion in the then-recently secularized Quebec.

Wrestling was produced by Jacques Bobet for the French program branch of the National Film Board of Canada.

Usage examples of "wrestling".

Maigret stood up, saw two men wrestling on the floor on the other side of the overturned table, while the woman was in the act of picking up an andiron from the fireplace.

Dennis Hastert of Illinois, a stocky former wrestling coach who was quite conservative but less abrasive and confrontational than Gingrich, Armey, and DeLay.

Lucy thought it made us look like burglars and told me to go back and put it on top of the car, which meant five more minutes wrestling with bendy bungies.

Nokomis And Iagoo, the great boaster, Showed them where the maize was growing, Told them of his wondrous vision, Of his wrestling and his triumph, Of this new gift to the nations, Which should be their food forever.

We have from time to time for these several years bypast, emitted and published several declarations and publick testimonies against the breaches of the same, as is evident not only from our declarations of late, but also from all the wrestlings and contendings of the faithful in former times, all which we here adhere to, approve of, and homologate, as they are founded upon the Word of God and are agreeable thereto.

I could not lift my elbow above shoulder-level, and I lost my title in Indian wrestling to Chubby in the bar of the Lord Nelson.

Wrestling and the roller-derby as blood sports, the routinization of femicide in the detective tale, the standardization at one million per year of traffic fatalities, the wholesome interest of our youth in gang rumbles, all point toward the Age of Hate and Death.

Wrestling and the roller-derby as blood sports, the rou-tinization of femicide in the detective tale, the standardization at one million per year of traffic fatalities, the wholesome interest of our youth in gang rumbles, all point toward the Age of Hate and Death.

Ann, the young assistant, played with acorn cups and bits of china under the old oak, unmolested, for Maumer was wrestling with a problem, and all of the latent, unsuspected savagery was rising.

Three or four cheap fellows, sonorously garbed, were leaning over the counters, wrestling with the mediatorial hand-coverings, while giggling girls played vivacious seconds to their lead upon the strident string of coquetry.

Dark, half-formed fears were wrestling with his concern for Cassraw and, all too aware that he was mimicking Mueran, he looked around the group in an attempt to assess the consensus.

Battle Triumph, the people answering with whoops and beating their cupped palms on their chests, children running about chasing each other, wrestling, their bodies slick with nuggar grease.

When peasants wager at contests of skill, it is the winner who stays until he loses, be the game placques, single-bone draughts, wrestling, or Kimmi-on-the-pig.

Harry smiled, remembering good-natured squabbling and wrestling with Jamie and the twins.

In a catacomb bored from stone ran tunnels and passageways and balconies filled with smoky taverns, shops, a smith, a washroom with hot and cold water, niches with beds, and a common room where three dozen roisterers cheered a wrestling match among two women and a man.