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v. strug·gled, strug·gling, strug·gles
1. To exert muscular energy, as against a material force or mass: struggled with the heavy load.
a. To be strenuously engaged with a problem, task, or undertaking: struggled for years before breaking through as an actor.
b. To have difficulty or make a strenuous effort doing something: struggled to be polite.
c. To move or progress with difficulty: struggled up the steep slope.
3. To contend or compete: "Right and wrong ... will ever continue to struggle" (Abraham Lincoln).
To move or place (something) with an effort: struggled the heavy desk into the elevator.
1. The act of struggling: the rat's struggle to escape the snake's coils.
2. A strenuous effort in the face of difficulty: the struggle for civil rights.
3. Strife, contention, or combat: armed struggle.
4. Something that is difficult to do or achieve: Getting him to agree will be a struggle.

[Middle English struglen.]

strug′gler n.
strug′gling·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.struggler - a person who struggles with difficulties or with great effort
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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"The money actually paid over within a few hours," ran this fascinating advertisement, conjuring up a vision of swift messengers rushing with bags of gold to the aid of the poor struggler. A third gentleman did all business by personal application, advanced money on anything or nothing; the lightest and airiest promise was enough to content him according to his circular, and finally he never asked for more than five per cent.
The two men who had pushed the strugglers with their feet were assailed with abuse by the sailors, who had become reconciled.
Kenn's face that was looking at her; that plain, middle-aged face, with a grave, penetrating kindness in it, seeming to tell of a human being who had reached a firm, safe strand, but was looking with helpful pity toward the strugglers still tossed by the waves, had an effect on Maggie at this moment which was afterward remembered by her as if it had been a promise.
"When I was a struggler, yes I did face the casting couch.
"I am honored, as a struggler, to compete with a political writer and struggler like Pierre Atallah," he added.
Is your bread and butter consumer the undaunted striver, the impulsive spender, the aspiring struggler or the secure traditionalist?
In his spare time he and his wife kept a pub named the "The Poor Struggler", just outside Manchester, where hundreds of curious visitors flocked to be served and to look into the eyes of the man who dispatched some of the most infamous cccriminals to meet their maker.
The concept of series is given by Sunny Verma who believes that strugglers who are not getting the right opportunity can perform at this platform and make a place for themselves in the industry.
Division Two's bottom team, Pontprennau Pumas, continued the shocks when they followed up their midweek 6-5 away win over fellow strugglers Glamorgan Athletic 2nds by toppling Grange Allstars 2nds off the top spot with a 5-2 home win.
Hamburg, never relegated from the Bundesliga, held fellow strugglers Mainz to a turgid goalless draw.
Saturday's 2-0 away defeat at league strugglers Nottingham Forest came days after David Wagner's side blew away fellow play-off hopefuls Norwich City at the John Smith's Stadium.