Strug·gle v. i. [imp. & p. p. Struggled p. pr. & vb. n. Struggling ]
1. To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
2. To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity.
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power to add or detract. --Lincoln.
3. To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.
'T is wisdom to beware,
And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To strive; contend; labor; endeavor.
1. A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.
2. Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.
3. Contest; contention; strife.
An honest might look upon the struggle with indifference. --Addison.
Syn: -- Endeavor; effort; contest; labor; difficulty.
n 1: an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through
the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for
recognition" [syn: battle]
2: an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals);
"the harder the conflict the more glorious the
triumph"--Thomas Paine; "police tried to control the
battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs" [syn: conflict,
3: strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd
v 1: make a strenuous or labored effort; "She struggled for years
to survive without welfare"; "He fought for breath"
2: to exert strenuous effort against opposition; "he struggled
to get free from the rope"
3: climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling [syn: clamber, scramble,
shin, shinny, skin, sputter]
4: be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen
fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting" [syn: fight]