Pronunciation: (tus'ul), [key]
—v., -sled, -sling,
to struggle or fight roughly or vigorously; wrestle; scuffle.
1. a rough physical contest or struggle; scuffle.
2. any vigorous or determined struggle, conflict, etc.: I had quite a tussle with that chemistry exam.
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