A tussle a slight battle. From the obsolete scrimer, a fencer; French, escrimeur; same root as escarmouch, our skirmish.
Prince Ouffur at this skrymage, for all his pryde, Fled full fast and sought no guide.
MS. Lansdowne, 200, f. 10.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894