wrangle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wrangle to quarrel noisily, angrily or disruptively "The bar keeper threw them out, but they continued to wrangle on down the street"
    • v wrangle herd and care for "wrangle horses"
    • n wrangle an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
    • n wrangle an angry dispute "they had a quarrel","they had words"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wrangle An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel; a squabble; an altercation.
    • Wrangle To argue; to debate; to dispute.
    • Wrangle To dispute angrily; to quarrel peevishly and noisily; to brawl; to altercate. "In spite of occasional wranglings .""For a score of kingdoms you should wrangle .""He did not know what it was to wrangle on indifferent points."
    • v. t Wrangle To involve in a quarrel or dispute; to embroil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wrangle To dispute; argue noisily or in a quarrelsome manner; brawl; altercate.
    • wrangle To engage in discussion and disputation; argue, debate; hence, formerly, in some universities, to dispute publicly; defend or oppose a thesis by argument.
    • wrangle Synonyms To bicker, spar, jangle. See quarrel, n.
    • wrangle To contest or dispute, especially in the usually brawling manner of the schools.
    • n wrangle An angry dispute; a noisy quarrel.
    • n wrangle Synonyms Squabble, Altercation, etc. (see quarrel), controversy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wrangle rang′gl to make a disturbance: to dispute: to dispute noisily or peevishly
    • n Wrangle a noisy dispute
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wranglen, to wrestle. See Wrong Wring

Usage

In literature:

Then sounds of wrangling were heard below, and Walter roused himself to go down and interfere.
"More Bywords" by Charlotte M. Yonge
While this wrangle was going on.
"Death Valley in '49" by William Lewis Manly
She was practised in all the arts of the card-table: a true Spartan girl; and had even courage, occasionally, to wrangle off a detection.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
The two, left to themselves, wrangled more fiercely than ever.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
Why do I enter into this wrangling discourse?
"The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54"
There lies the crux of the question, and numberless critics have wrangled over the solution of it.
"Landmarks in French Literature" by G. Lytton Strachey
These wrangling tales of horror shake the heart With pitiful disgust.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 99., Nov. 22, 1890" by Various
Now, when a huckster goes by, crying his wares, I open the blinds, and often wrangle with the fellow over the price of things.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
The wrangle proceeded monotonously, each party repeating over and over again the phrases of his own argument.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
Let's teach 'em nothing at all, if we can't larn 'em something better than wrangling about religion.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
There was considerable wrangling in the Fifteenth over the promotion to the Colonelcy.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
When he saw me he stopped wrangling and we talked a little, while I had the embroidery wrapped up.
"Don Orsino" by F. Marion Crawford
Marie, and so, politely wrangling, they reached the door, and with a last expression of gratitude the visitor departed down the stair.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
Congress was wrangling over the great slavery question.
"Vanguards of the Plains" by Margaret McCarter
So we wrangled, and it still rained.
"Hills and the Sea" by H. Belloc
Knaves fight for points, the audience shouts and wrangles in allotting 'em; I hate their fancy-work, I'm off to take the train to Nottingham.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 100, 13 June 1891" by Various
In 1658, Cromwell tried another Parliament, but dissolved it because it wrangled without resolution.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
They have been wrangling over this question for forty years.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
Confusion on that wrangling party-band Whose Dissolution deals the doldrums round the land!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 102, June 18, 1892" by Various
Richard, in his perplexity, determined to wrangle out the matter with the King on the morrow, cost what it might.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
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In poetry:

I know how fire burns,
How from the wrangling fumes
Rose and amber blooms,
And slowly dies.
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
MOTHER.
O cease your wrangling, cease, my dears;
You would not wake a mother's fears
Thus, if you better knew.
"Discontent And Quarrelling" by Charles Lamb
"I loathe your wrangling councils,
I tread upon your creeds;
Who made ye mine avengers,
Or told ye of my needs;
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I let the wrangling world go by,
And like an idle breath
Its echoes and its phantoms fly:
I care no jot for death.
"Amor Vitae" by Archibald Lampman
Thus over the lily they wrangled,
Making the beautiful base,
Till its purity seemed all mangled,
And its gracefulness half disgrace.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
I lean to one's voice, and the wrangle
Of living hath pause: and I hear
Through doors of invisible spirit,
That open on light that is clear,
The radiant raiment of Music
In the hush of the heavens sweep near.
"Clairvoyance" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

After all -night wrangling, the latest drafts Saturday lacked the strong commitments on climate action and financing by rich countries that poor countries had hoped for.
After all-night wrangling, the latest drafts Saturday lacked the strong commitments on climate action and financing by rich countries that poor countries had hoped for.
AS THE YEAR-END "fiscal cliff" nears, Republicans and Democrats continue wrangling over taxes and spending.
Obama, Romney wrangle over differing tax plans, health care.
NEW YORK (AP) – Starbucks managed to sell pricey lattes and wrangle its way out of the Great Recession stronger than ever.
Farm Bill Becomes Fodder In 'Fiscal Cliff' Wrangling.
It's Friday and that means our ABC13 consumer team has wrangled together some deals for free stuff Friday.
That's a lot of gift -wrangling.
That's a lot of gift-wrangling.
Boehner and Obama exchange proposals, while both sides wrangle in public over 'fiscal cliff'.
After five years of legal wrangling, Scent -Lok announced this week that it has claimed victory and won a dismissal of.
It's that time of year when we not only elect a demonic girl as Station Manager, but we also wrangle in a whole new cabinet of students to help run the station.
Rural community-center wrangles to be heard by Placer planning panel.
Rihanna wrangles #1 spot with spicy single, Lil Wayne shows off cover of upcoming album and more.
U.S EQUITIES WEEK AHEAD: Costco, 'Cliff' Wrangling, Fed Meeting.
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