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tussle (v.)

"to struggle, scuffle, wrestle confusedly," late 15c. (transitive); 1630s (intransitive), Scottish and northern English variant of touselen (see tousle). Related: Tussled; tussling.

tussle (n.)

"a struggle, conflict, scuffle," 1620s (but rare before 19c.), from tussle (v.).

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Definitions of tussle from WordNet
1
tussle (v.)
fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters;
Synonyms: scuffle
tussle (v.)
make messy or untidy;
Synonyms: muss
2
tussle (n.)
disorderly fighting;
Synonyms: hassle / scuffle / dogfight / rough-and-tumble
From wordnet.princeton.edu