"the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
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"
an energetic attempt to achieve something
"getting through the crowd was a real struggle"
"he fought a battle for recognition"
be engaged in a fight
carry on a fight
"the tribesmen fought each other"
"Siblings are always fighting"
"Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
to exert strenuous effort against opposition
"he struggled to get free from the rope"
make a strenuous or labored effort
"She struggled for years to survive without welfare"
"He fought for breath"