hand-to-hand struggle


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Noun1.hand-to-hand struggle - the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combathand-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"
struggle - strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
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At first the pistols cracked amidst the cursing of the men and the loud commands of the commander and his junior; but presently we were too indiscriminately mixed to make it safe to use our firearms, and the battle resolved itself into a hand-to-hand struggle for possession of the deck.
His strength, his agility, his courage, and his intelligence rendered him easily a match for half a dozen black men in a hand-to-hand struggle, but not even Tarzan of the Apes could hope to successfully cope with half a hundred.
He it was who, armed with a puny knife, had met and killed a cave bear in a hand-to-hand struggle.