wrangling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wrangling an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wrangling Disputation; especially, contentious argumentation.
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Usage

In literature:

I tell you, I would rather see them thus employed than at their drill, for all their wrangling and jangling.
"Micah Clarke" by Arthur Conan Doyle
These men would quarrel and wrangle among themselves, and would consume time and neglect their work.
"Biography of a Slave" by Charles Thompson
Then there was a first-class wrangle about giving pensions to Mrs. LINCOLN and Mrs. RAWLINGS.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870" by Various
Not that there is any discord in her matchless voice, but there is a vast amount of wrangling as to her precise merits.
"Punchinello, Vol. 2, No. 29, October 15, 1870" by Various
These Yankees fight like wrangling women, rather than soldiers.
"Wyandotte" by James Fenimore Cooper
If such were the case, Lanyard had no wish to witness a public wrangle between the two.
"Red Masquerade" by Louis Joseph Vance
Is a united Saracenic empire better than a divided, wrangling Christian empire?
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Logic, enough to wrangle.
"Character Writings of the 17th Century" by Various
My finger was on the trigger: and at that moment a deathly shivering sickness took me, the wrangling voices shouted at me, with 'Shoot!
"The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel
If it was arranged so easily, why have you wrangled and quarrelled so much?
"Armenian Literature" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

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
"'Tis folly that we two should fight,
And wrangle, and abuse;
So, seeing things in this new light,
It's up to us to fuse."
"Another Fusion" by C J Dennis
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
Oh wrangling schools, that search what fire
Shall burn this world, had none the wit
Unto this knowledge to aspire,
That this her fever might be it ?
"A Fever" by John Donne
Yet older than all three, but banned
To suffer still the exile's doom
From shrine where Turkish sentries stand,
And Christians wrangle round Christ's tomb.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Some thought him so poor, so hopelessly mangled,
That to assist him would do him no good;
And each with the other alternately wrangled,
What was best for him—removal or food.
"The Captive" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

As Washington continues wrangling over plans to raise the federal debt limit and cut long-term deficits, a fair question for Republicans to ask is: What would Ronald Reagan do.
He had spent days wrangling with Suburban Subaru of Troy over a warranty repair.
TV news reporters wrangles with an uncooperative dog.
The 'Sex And The City' star wrangled with producers about her role as a washed – up pornstar.
CBS And 'NCIS' Creator Continue Bizarre Legal Wrangling.
Judges and lawmakers across the country are wrangling over whether and when law enforcement authorities can peer into suspects' cellphones , and the cornucopia of evidence they provide.
As Congress wrangles over spending cuts, surging numbers of Americans are relying on the government.
After days of legal wrangling, the Kennebunk Police Department has released a partial list of alleged clients of Alexis Wright.
Corral still wrangles visitors in.
I watched Friday as lawyers wrangled over the final fate of four notorious murderers.
Wrangling a Christmas tree .
Wrangling Over Europe's Budget Gets Under Way .
Americans seem relieved that the wrangling over the debt limit is over.
The rest of the afternoon involved wrangling by the lawyers over evidence.
NewsChannel 21's Mackenzie Wilson reports as the third week of Jim Hargrave's murder trial gets under way with the lawyers wrangling over witnesses.
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