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wrestle with

Meaning: to try hard to find the solution to a difficult problem

Synonym: struggle with

For example:

  • wrestle with sth For centuries Christians have been wrestling with the question of why their all-powerful, omnipotent God allows evil and terrible injustice to exist.

  • wrestle with sth The government has appointed a team of experts to wrestle with complex issues like stem-cell research.

Quick Quiz:

Larry hasn't been sleeping well lately because he's been lying awake at night wrestling with
  1. a difficult issue
  2. feelings of joy
  3. his ex-wife

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