hand-to-hand struggle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hand-to-hand struggle the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat "they had a fierce wrestle","we watched his grappling and wrestling with the bully"
    • ***

Usage

In literature:

In the midst of all these tangible evidences of success, Mr. Opp found himself indulging in a hand-to-hand struggle with failure.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
Even now, when his enemies were closing round him and the last struggle was at hand, Lodovico still clung to his old ideals.
"Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Milan, 1475-1497" by Julia Mary Cartwright
A shower of shells from the Russian batteries had fired the houses of Czyste, within whose flame-lit streets a hand-to-hand struggle went on.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
She struggled to remove Mueller's hand from her ankle; but he gripped strongly, and her fingers seemed terribly impotent, childishly weak.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
After a hand-to-hand struggle the last German who resisted was bayoneted, and the trench was won.
"World's War Events, Vol. I" by Various
This was indeed a bright prospect to one who had been engaged in a hand-to-hand struggle with poverty for the last five years.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
Such a course implied that the youth was held in light regard, and not deemed the equal of a warrior in a hand-to-hand struggle.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Hugh Ritson had struggled to the top of the heap, and was plowing the sand away from the roof with his hands.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
His advance was a series of hand-to-hand fights, extending over some six miles, and the struggle lasted for nearly the entire day.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Lantern in hand, he was already addressing himself to a careful examination of the scene of the struggle.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
***

In poetry:

How long, O Lord, how long! stretch out thy hand,
Cast out the oppressor from the struggling land,
The fetters rend, proclaim to Europe broad—
Among the nations, who is judge but God!
"Pray For Poland" by Janet Hamilton
No use to struggle; when I found you sleeping,
I took your hands and bound them to your side,
And both these slender feet, too apt at straying,
Down to the cot on which you lie are tied.
"Afridi Love" by Laurence Hope
One cry to God from the soul of the shuddering sea,
One moment of stifling lips and struggling hands;
"Burn, oh burn; for my love is coming to me;
And oh, I think the little one understands."
"A Song Of Two Burdens" by Alfred Noyes
Then the Highlanders attacked them left and right,
And oh! it was a gorgeoua and an inspiring sight;
For a fierce hand to hand struggle raged for a time,
While the pibrochs skirled aloud, oh! the scene was sublime.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall
A strangled cry went up from the struggling sea,
A cry where the ghastly surf to the moon-dawn rolled;
"Burn, oh burn; for my love is coming to me,
His hands will be scarred with the ropes and starved with the cold."
"A Song Of Two Burdens" by Alfred Noyes
I sang to those who gathered around the flag of truth,
To those who, in their struggle, were suffering bitter pain.
I told them that their toiling hands should falter not, nor droop,
And their young union, newly formed, should not dissolve again.
"Dreams" by Semen Yakovlevich Nadson

In news:

In a final weekend of campaigning, Gov Jerry Brown is asking everyone from students to venture capitalists to lend a hand in pushing his struggling $6 billion tax increase across the finish line.
PHILADELPHIA HAS struggled for years to address its vacant-property problem, but a solution may be at hand.
The difference between a hand up and a hand out can make a world of difference for those struggling to make it in the world.
A handful of businesses struggled against blowing snow to keep their walkways cleared.
Biomedical engineers struggle to give prosthetic hands a sense of touch .
A young mother of five said she will never forgive herself for beating her 2-year-old daughter because she was struggling with potty training in an angry attack that climaxed with her gluing the toddler's hands to the wall.
The Drama Desk Awards were handed out May 20, and, surprisingly, the bulk of them went to a struggling, little-known production called The Producers.
Food pantry needs helping hand to help those struggling.
Although neither team scored in the third period, Waterloo struggled to attack the Raiders' goal particularly because of its numerous short-handed stints.
A Dallas woman who beat her 2-year-old daughter and glued the toddler's hands to a wall because she was struggling with potty training was sentenced Friday to 99 years in prison.
Center fielder Jordan Shafer and the Astros have struggled against left-handed pitching, but will have a chance to improve their numbers against Brewers lefty Randy Wolf.
A CVS pharmacist struggled with a would-be robber armed with a stolen handgun but was unable to keep the man from fleeing empty-handed, Prescott Valley police said.
The real goal in the struggle to maintain Western influence in the region must be to prevent Pakistan and its modern nuclear arsenal from falling into the hands of Islamist terrorists.
The American Red Cross has set up 28 shelters across Jersey, lending a helping hand to thousands who are struggling to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
DEL MAR — As former Padre Steve Finley struggled to keep his upscale, coastal North County Flight Restaurant afloat last year, he handed out paychecks that ended up bouncing.
***

In science:

The logic of the thing is too evident".62 But Einstein continued on the one hand to struggle with the problem of generally covariant field equations, and on the other, with arguments (like the Hole Argument) intended to explain why he could not arrive at such equations.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
***