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 for wrestling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     1. To contend, by grappling with, and striving to trip or
        throw down, an opponent; as, they wrestled skillfully.
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              To-morrow, sir, I wrestle for my credit, and he that
              escapes me without some broken limb shall acquit him
              well.                                 --Shak.
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              Another, by a fall in wrestling, started the end of
              the clavicle from the sternum.        --Wiseman.
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     2. Hence, to struggle; to strive earnestly; to contend.
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              Come, wrestle with thy affections.    --Shak.
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              We wrestle not against flesh and blood. --Eph. vi.
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              Difficulties with which he had himself wrestled.
                                                    --M. Arnold.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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, wrestling, 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:
         wrestling, rassling, grappling]

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